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Assessing Reinforcer Preference in Severe Behaviorally Disordered Children
Early Child Development and Care
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
  • Anthony F. Rotatori, University of New Orleans
  • Faye Macklin, Northern Illinois University
  • Herman Green, Northern Illinois University
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Format of Original
10 p.
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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Four severe behaviorally disturbed children (age range 3 years 7 months‐6 years 10 months) enrolled in an autistic residential program participated in a reinforcer preference study. Each child was individually exposed to three reinforcer classes (social, primary, social and primary) within a standardized task‐instruction format. Results indicated that task performance was equivalent across the three reinforcer conditions. Implications for the application of the assessment findings to the classroom were discussed. The importance of including a determination of reinforcer preference as an integral component of more general assessment plans was also delineated.


Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 11, No. 1 (January 1983): 113-122. DOI.

Citation Information
Robert A. Fox, Anthony F. Rotatori, Faye Macklin and Herman Green. "Assessing Reinforcer Preference in Severe Behaviorally Disordered Children" Early Child Development and Care (1983) ISSN: 0300-4430
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