Two hundred fifty-eight school children and their parents attended a six-session video-based training program that included among other components the same basic democratic skills offered in both Dr. Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) course and Family Effectiveness Training (F.E.T.):
- Open Communication
- Problem Ownership
- Sending Confrontive Messages
- Active Listening
A control group did not receive such training. Results of this experiment were as follows:
--> The trained family members were more satisfied with their democratic family system than those who did not get trained.
--> The trained family members judged their communication with each other as more open than before, but the control group did not.
--> Antisocial behavior of the trained fathers, sons and daughters decreased significantly. No change in the control groups.
--> Mothers and adolescents perceived their communication with each other became more open. The control family members did not.
The authors recommend communication training as "rite of passage for families with young adults."*
Riesch, Tusi, Thurston, Forsyth, Kuenning, and Kestly (1993). Nursing Research, Jan/Feb, Vol. 42, No. 1.
*Excerpt from Dr. Thomas Gordon's F.E.T. Adult Resource Book