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ERIC Number: ED065194
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Timeout Duration and the Suppression of Deviant Behavior in Children.
White, Geoffry D.; And Others
The effects of three different timeout durations were investigated in a group of 20 retarded, institutionalized subjects. Each subject received 1, 15, and 30 minutes of timeout in a design which was counterbalanced in terms of the order in which timeout durations were presented. Displays of deviant behavior--such as aggression, tantrums, and self-destruction--were followed by periods of isolation in a timeout room. A reversal design was employed such that return-to-baseline periods were instituted subsequent to each timeout period. The overall effect of timeout was to significantly reduce the rate of deviant behavior. On the average, 15 and 30 minutes produced 35% decrease in deviant behavior with little difference between the effectiveness of 15 and 30 minutes. The range of effects in all timeout conditions varied widely. The sequence in which the 1 minute duration was presented effected the direction of its effect. When it preceded the use of longer durations, 1 minute was most effective. As it came later in the sequence, its suppressive characteristics became less reliable. (Author)
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