ERIC Number: ED040225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Operant Strategies with Delinquents at the Kennedy Youth Center.
Wotkiewicz, Helen; Minor, John A.
This paper describes a portion of the Kennedy Youth Center program concerned with motivating previously intractable sociopathic youths in the academic and industrial arts schools. Male delinquents considered uneducable in traditional education programs, have been advanced two years in the one year they spent as participants in the differential operant treatment program in the Center. Students are assigned to cottages according to behavior categories measured by scales developed by Quay and others; these are inadequate and immature, neurotic, sociopath, or subcultural. Each cottage has a treatment program designed to meet the needs of the students assigned to the cottage. Motivation to complete program requirements is provided by the class level system, i.e., placing tangible rewards into a ranked, three-level system, with the fewest rewards for the lowest level, more for the middle level, and all that is available for the highest level. The basic program strategy is the application of behavior modification principles derived from operant theory. Critical to the program are: (1) clearly defined behavioral objectives; (2) arranged reinforcement contingencies; and, (3) positive reinforcement. (JM)
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Identifiers: Robert Kennedy Youth Center WV