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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Kenneth L. Beauchamp

First Committee Member

Carolynn Kohn

Second Committee Member

Cris T. Clay


The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of task analyses and self-recording procedures in increasing and maintaining apartment -cleaning behaviors with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia in an independent living environment. A task analysis was used to define the specific behaviors needed to clean the participants apartments, and to prompt the cleaning behavior. Also, participant-made task analyses and self-recording procedures were used in an effort to maintain these behaviors. Six participants diagnosed with schizophrenia, who also demonstrated a need for improvement in apartment cleanliness, were chosen for this study. A multiple baseline design across participants was used for this study. Results indicated that, for the three participants that completed the study, their cleaning behavior improved from baseline to the introduction of the intervention, and maintained during the 4-month maintenance period. Self-recording and cleaning were not correlated, and consequently self-recording did not prove to be self-reinforcing.



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