Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Reinforcement (Psychology); Learning disabled children--Behavior modification;
Research on empirically based preference assessments has been conducted to determine their effectiveness in identifying reinforcers. This paper reviews the effectiveness of five empirically based preference assessment procedures in identifying reinforcers for individuals with disabilities. The procedures are discussed in relationship to reinforcer-based treatments. The five preference assessment procedures reviewed are: 1) single stimulus, 2) paired choice, 3) multiple stimulus, 4) triad, and 5) verbal. The preference assessments differed in the number of highly reinforcing stimuli they identified, whether or not they provided rank orders of reinforcers, and the amount of time it took to conduct them. All of the preference assessments, except for verbal nomination, were effective in identifying reinforcers for individuals with disabilities.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Donald W. Schmits
1 PDF file (iii, 60 pages)
©2000 Jennifer A. Sellers
Sellers, Jennifer A., "A review of empirically based preference assessments' ability to identify reinforcers for individuals with disabilities" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 1513.