ERIC Number: ED060584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Mothers to Use Behavior Modification Techniques with Their Mentally Retarded Children.
Doty, Barbara A.
The project taught mothers to apply behavior modification techniques to their mentally retarded children's behaviors. Subjects were 16 trainable retarded children (mean MA 4.3 years, mean CA 5 years), living at home, and their mothers, who were randomly assigned to experimental (E) or control (C) groups. C mothers were told to ask their children to obey them, but received no modification training. E mothers underwent 9 days of laboratory training in elicitation of obedience using behavior modification techniques with a 100% reinforcement schedule, followed by 6 months of using the techniques at home to encourage obedience and shape responses. Evaluation showed that E mothers applied correct reinforcements more often (p less than .01) and elicited appropriate responses in their children more frequently (p less than .01) than did C mothers. In addition, E mothers continued to elicit obedience on command and successfully shaped responses in their children other than obedience, with schedules of partial reinforcement. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Coll., Naperville, IL.
Note: Paper presented at the AERA Convention (Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 1972)