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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Carolynn Kohn

First Committee Member

Stacy Rilea

Second Committee Member

Cris Clay


The purpose of this study was to compare and evaluate the effectiveness of three task analysis prompting procedures—text only, picture only, or text plus picture—in increasing, maintaining, and generalizing laundry skills of nine adult participants diagnosed with mental illness. A small group design using counterbalancing was used and participants were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups or to a control group. Results demonstrated that all task analyses were effective in improving the target behavior, although the text plus picture task analysis required fewer trials and resulted in faster skill acquisition. Treatment results and implications of this study are discussed and recommendations for future research are proposed.





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