Doctoral thesis research: Moreno, J.V. (2021). Behavioral skills training for parent implementation of a menstrual hygiene task analysis. [Unpublished doctoral thesis]. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
As females mature and sexually develop, maintaining menstrual hygiene becomes a crucial aspect of their adaptive behavioral repertoire. Females with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) will begin menstruating at an age similar to typically developing peers. Little support exists for families of children with I/DD when their daughters begin menstruating, and only two studies have been published in behavior analytic journals so far—each more than 30 years apart—that evaluate teaching menstrual hygiene skills. The current study investigated the use of Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to teach parents of young girls with disabilities how to implement a task analysis for placing a menstrual pad on a pair of underwear. The parents’ fidelity of implementation of the five-step task analysis was the primary dependent variable, but the parents were then tasked with teaching their daughters how to place the pad on their underwear. The daughters’ independent performance of the hygiene task was measured as the second dependent variable in a changing criterion design. This study was conducted in-person with one mother-daughter dyad and via telehealth with one mother-daughter dyad due to COVID-19 regulations on in-person visits with people of different households. Results demonstrated that BST was effective in improving parents’ fidelity of implementation of a task analysis, and the daughters’ independent performances of the task increased along a changing criterion design as their mothers’ fidelity of implementation increased.