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ERIC Number: ED083516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 16
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Maintenance of Self-Help Skill Training Programs with Non-Professional Personnel Through Incentive Systems.
Patterson, Earl T.; And Others
Along with the broadening scope of behavioral programs at institutional settings has come the need for training non-professional staff to be competent behavior engineers. The two-fold purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of a self-scoring feedback system and two differenct schedules of reinforcement in maintaining daily training sessions conducted by nonprofessional personnel over an extended period of time. The subjects in this experiment were 13 attendants employed at one cottage at a state institution for the mentally retarded. Baselines were taken before and after the implementation of three different reinforcement conditions. Performance of two experiments using the same reinforcement conditions, differentially sequenced, provided information on the effects of a particular sequence. The results of the study indicate that small monetary payments to attendants made contingent upon training residents, produced dramatic increases in the percentage of daily training sessions conducted at the cottages. Results also show that periodic checks and payoffs can be sufficient to maintain high standards of performance. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Meeting, 26 April 1973, Dallas, Texas