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Choice-Stimulus Preference Assessment for Students At-Risk for Emotional Disturbance in Educational Settings: An Improvement for Practice?

King, Seth (2013) Choice-Stimulus Preference Assessment for Students At-Risk for Emotional Disturbance in Educational Settings: An Improvement for Practice? Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The ability of educators to identify consequences that act as reinforcers may predict the success of behavior change strategies predicated on the use of reinforcement. Although well supported for children with severe disabilities research concerning the effectiveness of choice-stimulus assessment for children with emotional disturbance (ED) remains limited. The current study evaluated the effectiveness of choice-stimulus preference assessment, specifically, multiple- stimulus without replacement (MSWO) procedures, in identifying reinforcers for children with ED using evidence-based math remediation (i.e., cover, copy, and compare [CCC]). The study compared the effects of an MSWO and the vocal nomination of preferences using an alternating treatments single-subject design. The study also assessed the stability of the MSWO and vocal nomination assessments over multiple administrations. Results indicated that the MSWO assessment identified effective reinforcers for students at-risk for ED. The MSWO generated more consistent findings than vocal nomination. In one case, the reinforcers identified by the MSWO assessment evoked more frequent use of CCC than nominated reinforcers. Directions for future research and implications follow a discussion of findings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
King, Sethsak131@pitt.eduSAK131
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLemons, Christopherlemons@pitt.eduLEMONS
Committee MemberKostewicz, Douglasdekost@pitt.eduDEKOST
Handen, BenjaminHandenBL@upmc.eduBHANDEN
Zigmond, Naominaomi@pitt.eduNAOMI
Date: 30 August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 July 2013
Approval Date: 30 August 2013
Submission Date: 29 July 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 134
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Preference assessment, emotional disturbance
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 19:03
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:41


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