Date of Award

8-1973

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

David Lyon

Second Advisor

Hermann Peine

Third Advisor

Robert Hawkins

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Mother attending to appropriate child behavior and accompaning changes in appropriate child behavior were measured to assess the effects of various instructional conditions. Several appropriate behaviors for a group of child subjects were measured con currently under various stimulus conditions using interval recording procedures. A multiple baseline design was used with instructional conditions of (a) no instructions to mother, (b) instructions to mother to attend to all appropriate behaviors and only to appropriate behaviors, (c) instructions to mother to attend to specific behaviors as defined by one-word definitions, (d) instructions to mother to attend to the same specific behaviors as defined by detailed behavioral definitions, and (e) instructions to mother to attend to these behaviors as defined by detailed behavioral definitions supplemented by intermittent experimenter praise to the mother contingent upon mother attending to these designated behaviors. Results showed that the most effective instructional condition, as reflected by the most change in child behavior, was that of provision of detailed behavior definitions with contingent praise to the mother.

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