Comparing the Effectiveness of On-Line versus In-Person Caregiver Education and Training for Behavioral Regulation in Families of Children with FASD


Different formats for delivering parent education designed to improve the functioning of children with FASD were evaluated.
Participants were randomly assigned to a treatment condition: (1) Community Standard/Informational Packet, (2) Group Workshops,
and (3) Internet Training. Overall satisfaction was high for all formats but the Workshop group received higher ratings on
usefulness, understandability, amount, overall satisfaction, and willingness to recommend than did the Community group and
higher ratings than did the Internet group on amount of information and overall satisfaction. All three groups improved in
their knowledge of behavioral learning principles but only the Internet and Workshop groups made significant gains in knowledge
of FAS and advocacy. Improved behavior was only found in the Workshop and Community conditions. The results suggest all forms
of parent education have some benefits but the child’s degree of alcohol-related impairment, severity of behavioral symptoms,
and overall goals of the intervention may influence optimal choice.

  • Content Type Journal Article
  • Pages 1-13
  • DOI 10.1007/s11469-012-9376-3
  • Authors
    • Julie A. Kable, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • Claire D. Coles, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • Dorothy Strickland, Virtual Reality Aids, Inc., Raleigh, NC, USA
    • Elles Taddeo, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
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