Title

Mystery Motivator versus Reward Menu: An investigation of the effects of home-based reinforcement delivery systems used with home-school notes on disruptive/disengaged classroom behavior

Date of Award

1998

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

D. Joe Olmi

Advisor Department

Psychology

Abstract

The effectiveness of two different home-based reinforcement delivery packages for increasing appropriate classroom behavior in 4 kindergarten students was examined. One package included the home-school note with the Mystery Motivator used as the home-based reinforcement delivery system. The second package included the home-school note used with a Reward Menu as the home-based reinforcement delivery system. Differential treatment effects of the two reinforcement delivery systems used with home-school notes were assessed using an ABAC multiple baseline design with a crossover for 2 students and a replication across 2 additional students. Results suggested that both reinforcement delivery packages effectively increased appropriate classroom behavior for all 4 students. However, differential treatment effects across interventions were not observed.