ERIC Number: ED215833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Prompt/Reward Technique to Elicit Socially Acceptable Behavior with Chicano Gang Delinquents.
Hunsaker, Alan C.
The effect of general and subject-specific prompts in eliciting a zero- or low-probability behavior in three Hispanic gang members, selected because of their artistic or writing abilities, was examined by monitoring their behavior in submitting any original work, written or pictorial, that could be published in a community newsletter. Dependent variable was the number of pages submitted. The general prompt consisted of one-page flyers announcing the reward contingency with no reward amount given. Subject-specific prompts involved face-to-face or telephone contact to inform the subjects of the reward amount. The reward amount or the reward contingency was altered to increase the frequency of the target response. Once materials were remitted, checks were disbursed at various intervals ranging from one to sixty days. Two subjects were also briefly interviewed to verify the effectiveness of the experimental manipulations and to assess the subjects' evaluation of the project. The general prompt was ineffective, but subject-specific prompts elicited a total of 38 pages of work. The importance of the findings is discussed in terms of the relationship of the target behavior to violent behavior, and the possible application of the technique to increase Hispanic utilization of public clinics. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aztlan Community Services, Inc., Ontario, CA.