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Date of Award

2005

Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

First Advisor

Kenneth Beauchamp

First Committee Member

Angelique Akin-Little

Second Committee Member

Tina Hopson

Abstract

Identifying potential reinforcers is an integral part to many behavior modification plans. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast two methods of stimulus preference assessment (paired stimulus computer and a traditional paired stimulus with tangible and symbolic items) using typically developing preschool children. The participants were four 3-5 year old children recruited from a childcare facility in Stockton, CA. Both methods of stimulus preference assessment were administered to them and reinforcer assessments were conducted. Kendall Rank Correlations between the two methods were low. Both methods produced hierarchies of preference. Both methods produced a reinforcement effect and the difference between the magnitude of reinforcement for the computer and the traditional method was only statistically significant with one child (favoring the computer). The computer method was significantly more time efficient than the traditional method.

Pages

46

ISBN

9780542479229 , 0542479222

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