Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. R.W. Malott

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara Fulton

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research involved a comparison of two approaches for implementing a point system in a job search program, using a between-groups design. The experimental group (a) received precise instructions concerning back-up contingencies, (b) attended weekly feedback sessions, and (c) graphed daily points earned. The control group did none of the above; however, they received the same initial instructions concerning performance standards and point values for behaviors. The control group's instructions included only a vague statement concerning back up contingencies, not directly relating contingencies to point values. The experimental group earned 34% more points. Due to variability in each subject's program duration, the experimenter conducted an analysis of covariance (p<.02, F=6.54), the covariant being the number of days in the program. These findings indicate that there are several important considerations for managers when implementing behavioral incentive systems.