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J Appl Behav Anal. 2013 Summer;46(2):369-78. doi: 10.1002/jaba.40. Epub 2013 May 9.

Effects of a reduced time-out interval on compliance with the time-out instruction.

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.

Abstract

Time-out is a negative punishment procedure that parents and teachers commonly use to reduce problem behavior; however, specific time-out parameters have not been evaluated adequately. One parameter that has received relatively little attention in the literature is the mode of administration (verbal or physical) of time-out. In this study, we evaluated a procedure designed to reduce problem behavior and increase compliance with the verbal instruction to go to time-out. Specifically, we reduced the time-out interval contingent on compliance with the time-out instruction. Six preschool-aged boys participated in the study. Time-out effectively reduced the problem behavior of all 6 participants, and the procedure to increase compliance with the time-out instruction was effective for 4 of 6 participants.

KEYWORDS:

compliance; punishment; time-out

PMID:
24114153
DOI:
10.1002/jaba.40
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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