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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

David A. Wilder

First Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

Cris Clay


The purpose of this study was to compare three methods of assessing preference for stimuli in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A paired-stimulus method, a multiple stimulus with replacement (MSW), and a multiple stimulus without replacement (MSWO) preference assessment were conducted with participants. All assessments were conducted verbally. The paired method was the most accurate at correctly identifying the preference of stimuli and took the least amount of time to administer. After the stimulus preference assessments, a reinforcer assessment was conducted in order to identify which of the three stimulus preference methods was the most accurate and efficient method for identifying highly preferred items/activities in children with ADHD. It is suggested that future research compare the differences between the pictorial and verbal MSW methods.



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