Using interactive multimedia to teach parent advocacy skills: An exploratory study

  • Glang A
  • McLaughlin K
  • Schroeder S
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OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of Brain Injury Partners: Advocacy Skills for Parents, an interactive multimedia intervention that provides training in educational advocacy skills for parents of children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN: Randomized trial, with participants assigned to treatment (Brain Injury Partners CD-ROM) or control (alternate CD-ROM) conditions. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Knowledge; skill application; and attitude, behavioral intention, and self-efficacy to use key advocacy skills. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-one parents of children with TBI. RESULTS: The Brain Injury Partners group reported higher postintervention adjusted means for application, knowledge, and attitudes scale scores than did the control group. CONCLUSIONS: The results demonstrate the utility of a computer-delivered intervention for training parents in key skills for communicating with school personnel.

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  • Advocacy
  • Communication skills
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Parent training
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Web-based training

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  • Ann Glang

  • Karen McLaughlin

  • Susan Schroeder

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