D. Daniel Gould
Pamela M. Olsen, Karen E. Gould
Date of Award
Master of Applied Behavior Analysis
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.
psychology, behavioral, autism, preference, social stimuli, reinforcement, reinforcer
Reinforcement (Psychology), Developmental disabilities - Psychological aspects
Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology
Although tokens and other contrived reinforcers are widely used in applied settings, social reinforcement, a more natural form of reinforcement, has been shown to maintain behaviors for developmentally disabled children including those with autism. A better understanding of an individual's preference for certain social consequences may allow for more effective use of social consequences in applied settings. The purpose of the present study, a replication of Smaby, MacDonald, Ahearn, and Dube (2007), was to identify reinforcing forms of social attention for 5 boys who attended a school for children with autism. The results of this study indicate that social consequences produced response rates higher than extinction conditions and, for 4 of the 5 participants, praise functioned as the most preferred reinforcer.
Johnson, Sarah, "Assessing relative preference for and reinforcing effectiveness of social consequences" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 69. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001172
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