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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Third Advisor

John Hoover

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Assessment, Dynamic Preference, Multiple Stimulus, Applied Setting, Family Therapy


Preference assessments are used to identify preferred stimuli. The present study was conducted to determine if there was a difference between a brief MS WO and a dynamic assessment in their ability to identify effective reinforcers. Three child-staff member pairs participated in a multi-element design. Three dependent variables were measured during both assessment sessions: percent correct trials, assessment duration, and verbal protests.

The results showed higher percent correct and fewer protests with the dynamic assessment, and shorter assessment duration with the brief MSWO assessment. These results suggest the dynamic assessment might be a more effective preference assessment.



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