Variables related to the effectiveness of response cost

Denise M. Pace, Susan G. Forman

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Students in four second‐grade classes exhibiting disruptive behavior were exposed to response cost programs with varying initial reinforcement and fine levels. Results indicated that all treatments were highly effective, as all groups underwent maximum behavioral change, with the target behaviors approaching a near‐zero level. Thus, the degree of aversiveness of the procedure did not appear to be strongly related to effectiveness. Results are explained in terms of the discriminative properties of response cost.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)365-370
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology in the Schools
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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