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Conjoint behavioral consultation, ADHD, and homework: A combined intervention package for middle school youth with ADHD

Connie Jo Ann Schnoes, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study investigated the effects of a homework intervention package on the homework performance of middle school students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The homework intervention package was implemented within the context of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC). Using a multiple baseline design across participants, this study examined the effects of the combined intervention package on the homework productivity (percent of items completed on time) and accuracy (percent of items completed correctly on time) of ADHD middle school students. The social validity of the CBC process was also investigated. The participants included four middle school students attending regular education classrooms in a midwestern metropolitan community. The participants met DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Three participants were male, one 6th grade student and two 7th grade students. The fourth participant was an eighth grade female student. The consultees included the participants' social studies teachers and mothers. Self-management strategies (i.e., goal setting and self-monitoring) and a structured homework routine were delineated and individualized to address the specific needs of each student participant. Reliability was assessed for the integrity of the CBC process and teacher report of homework productivity and accuracy. The results revealed an immediate and dramatic improvement in homework productivity and accuracy for all participants. Follow-up data were mixed. Social validity data were gathered via survey and indicated consultee satisfaction with the acceptability of the CBC process and the helpfulness of the consultant. Student participants rated the homework intervention package as favorable and acceptable. The overall Goal Attainment Scale ratings averaged 4.2 (5.0 possible) indicating the consultees found the homework intervention package to be effective in attaining treatment goals. This study contributes to several areas of research: homework at the middle school level for ADHD students, self-management strategies, ADHD and CBC. Although the findings were positive and show promise for the homework intervention package established within the context of CBC, additional research is needed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Education, Educational Psychology

Recommended Citation

Schnoes, Connie Jo Ann, "Conjoint behavioral consultation, ADHD, and homework: A combined intervention package for middle school youth with ADHD" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3059970.