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Use of noncontingent reinforcement delivered by peers for the reduction of problem behavior and the application of Weber's Law to a fading procedure

Rist, Kortney
The effectiveness of a peer-delivered noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) intervention for the reduction of problem behavior was examined. The target students engaging in disruptive problem behavior were given a functional behavior assessment to determine the function of their problem behavior. A peer student in each class was identified and trained on providing a praise statement or nonverbal gesture to the target student following a specified amount of time. Following a baseline phase, NCR in the form of peer attention was administered on a fixed interval schedule for each student based on the mean inter-response time of three baseline sessions. This was shown to be effective for both participants.