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

Benjamin Witts

Second Advisor

Michele Traub

Third Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Creative Commons License

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Keywords and Subject Headings

treatment acceptability, behavioral interventions, video vignettes, culture


The purpose of this two-part thesis was to develop a method for analyzing the treatment acceptability (TA) of brief behavioral interventions for common aberrant behaviors and to assess the influence of presentation medium on TA scores. Mothers of young children viewed video vignettes and read scripts depicting an aberrant behavior (i.e., non-compliance, aggression) and a common behavioral intervention (i.e., differential attention, positive reinforcement via token economy, bribery, response cost, time-out, and spanking). Their responses to a variety of TA questions including the Treatment Evaluation Inventory – Short Form (TEI-SF; Kelley, Heffer, Gresham, & Elliot, 1989) were analysed individually and as a group. The results indicated that TA was greater for punishment-based interventions than in previous research, that presentation medium impacted TA scores, and that TA data is best analysed at the individual level to ensure variations are not lost through aggregation.

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Aggression Video Clip

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Positive Reinforcement via Token Economy Video Clip

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Differential Attention Video Clip

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Bribery Video Clip

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Response Cost Video Clip

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Time-out Video Clip

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Spanking Video Clip



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