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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Roseann Hannon

Second Committee Member

Roger C. Katz


The present study utilized a model apartment as a transitional facility in conjunction with exposure-sampling to increase the movement of care home residents to independent living. A model apartment is oen set up with all items necessary for everyday living, including dishes, pots and pans, bedding, cleaning articles, etc., which serves as an example of what the client might live in were he to move to his own apartment. Little or no work has been done on the use of a model apartment as a transitional facility. Though the Fountain House program has apartments for their clients, they do not have a program to allow the clients to spend a finite amount of time in an apartment to adjust to independent living before making the full commitment of renting their own apartment. Exposure to and sampling of reinforcers was investigated as a means to maintain the return of clients to spend increasingly longer periods of time in the model apartment and to investigate whether the exposure to and sampling of reinforcers for living in an apartment would facilitate the clients’ movement out of the ecare homes and seeking of their own apartments.