Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This pilot study investigated the effect of group training within a token economy system on cooperative behavior in severely and profoundly retarded institutionalized adults. Vineland Social Maturity Scale scores were used to choose eight ward residents who were subsequently assigned to four-member training groups. Group cooperative behavior was defined as passing an object, lifting an object, and group assembling. Frequency of cooperative behaviors reaching the defined criterion generally increased in response to the training-token reinforcement learning combination. Implications of the results obtained in this pilot study appear to indicate this combination may be effective in training heretofore untried tasks with profoundly and severely retarded subjects.
Copyright 1973 Charlene A. Dreiling
Dreiling, Charlene A., "Effects of Training and Token Reinforcement on Cooperative Behaviors with Profoundly and Severely Retarded Adult Subjects" (1973). Master's Theses. 1443.