ERIC Number: ED126392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Predicting Deviancy in Family Interaction.
Karpowitz, Dennis H.
Should a stimulus be defined as the single event immediately preceding a response (simple stimulus) or as a constellation of antecedents representing several preceding events (complex stimulus)? Sixty-eight families with a child between four and eight years of age were observed, and family interactions coded in the naturalistic setting of the home. A behavioral coding system permitted rapid sequential recording of behaviors. Results were significant in two cross validation groups. The findings were: (1) In all cases the immediately preceding stimulus predicted the type of ensuing response better than single stimuli two or three steps removed. (2) Simple and complex stimuli were both predictive of children's deviant responses. (3) Complex stimuli were often better predictors of children's nondeviant behavior than were simple stimuli. (4) Little more than four percent of the possible complex stimulus combinations accounted for more than 80% of the total stimulus behaviors. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1975)