Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
group contingencies, interdependent group contingencies, special education, class-wide interventions, rule-governed behavior, good behavior game
Off-task behavior of an individual student can impact the behavior of a class. Group contingencies are an effective behavior management procedure to reduce disruptive behavior and increase academic engagement of a classroom. This study investigated the effects of an interdependent group contingency on the off-task behavior of a special education student. A multiple-baseline design was used to examine whether the intervention could decrease the rate of inappropriate vocalizations and off-task technology use of an individual student as well as their class peers. The interdependent group contingency reduced inappropriate vocalizations by 60.49% for the target student and 62.52% for the class. Off-task technology use was decreased for the target student and their peers by 72.31% and 76.27% respectively. In addition, a correlated increase in academic engagement was observed for the target student and the class once the procedure was fully applied to both target behaviors. The findings suggest the interdependent group contingency reduced off-task behavior of a special education student and increased their academic engagement while further providing an overall reduction in disruptive behavior of the classroom.
Anselment, Hannah, "Use of an Interdependent Group Contingency to Decrease the Off-Task Behavior of a Special Education Student" (2023). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 101.