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ERIC Number: EJ817874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
"Our Mystery Hero!" A Group Contingency Intervention for Reducing Verbally Disrespectful Behaviors
Jones, Melissa; Boon, Richard T.; Fore, Cecil, III; Bender, William N.
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v15 n2 p61-69 2008
A reversal (ABAB) design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a group contingency intervention on the verbally disrespectful behaviors of seven middle school students with specific learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) in a special education resource classroom setting for reading instruction. During the intervention phases (B1, B2), one of the 7 students was randomly and secretly designated as the Mystery Hero at the start of each daily session and could earn the entire class a pre-selected reward (designated as the "Mystery Surprise") if his or her verbally disrespectful behavior counts were reduced from the previous day. Behavioral expectations were modeled by the teacher and role-played by the students at the beginning of the study, and then the "Mystery Hero" group contingency intervention was implemented. Results of the study suggest that the intervention was effective in decreasing the frequency of the target behavior, as a significant reduction in verbally disrespectful behaviors was noted. Limitations of the study, implications for classroom teachers, and future research questions are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A