ERIC Number: ED026694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Special Class Placement as a Treatment Alternative for Deviant Behavior in Children. Section One. Interim Report.
Walker, Hill M.; And Others
The efficiency of behavior modification technology, as a therapeutic intervention process, has been amply demonstrated. The establishment of special educational settings for modification of deviant behavior, as reported here, provides opportunity for a controlled analysis of the effects of groups of experimental variables, where treatment in regular classrooms is less amenable to the analysis of cause and effect relationships. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a treatment model designed for one class of deviant behavior: hyperactive, disruptive, acting-out behavior in the classroom. Some 12 males, in grades four, five, and six, average or above in intellectual ability, were the subjects. Socially acceptable behavior was reinforced by the accumulation of individual and group points exchangeable for free time for high valence activities. A variety of timing and recording devices were used to monitor behavior and points. Observations were made of subjects' behavior in special and regular classrooms. The treatment model proved very effective. Of three components, (1) token reinforcement, (2) social reinforcement, and (3) aversive controls, social reinforcement exercised the greatest control. (BP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.