The effects of social punishment on noncompliance: a comparison with timeout and positive practice.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effects of social punishment, positive practice, and timeout on the noncompliant behavior of four mentally retarded children were assessed in a multitreatment withdrawal design. When programmed, the experimental procedure occurred contigent on non-compliance to experimenter-issued commands. Commands were given at 55-sec intervals throughout each experimental session. The results showed (1) lower levels of noncompliance with social punishment than with the positive-practice or timeout conditions, and (2) that relatively few applications of social punishment were required to obtain this effect. The advantages of social punishment over other punishment procedures, considerations to be made before using it, and the various aspects of the procedure that contribute to its effectiveness were discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Doleys, DM; Wells, KC; Hobbs, SA; Roberts, MW; Cartelli, LM

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 471 - 482

PubMed ID

  • 1002633

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1312040

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8855

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1901/jaba.1976.9-471


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States