Consumers' and clients' pretreatment acceptability ratings of classroom group contingencies

Stephen N. Elliott, Timothy L. Turco, Frank M. Gresham

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Group contingencies are popular with teachers and have been demonstrated to be effective for managing children's classroom behavior. Children's views of the acceptability of such techniques, however, have not been assessed systematically and may have important consequences for long-term treatment effectiveness. In addition, little is known about psychologists' sense of the acceptability of such techniques. The present analog study investigated fifth graders', teachers', and school psychologists' assessment of the acceptability of three types of group contingencies (dependent, independent, and interdependent) that entail a consequence of positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Variables of treatment type, sex of rater, and the severity of a hypothetical classroom problem were examined to determine their influence on intervention acceptability scores on a child's and an adult's version of the Intervention Rating Profile. Fifth graders rated all three types of group contingencies mildly acceptable. Teachers and school psychologists rated the dependent form of the group contingency unacceptable, and the independent and interdependent forms acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of School Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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