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J Appl Behav Anal. 1977 Summer;10(2):267-72.

The reduction of stealing in second graders using a group contingency.

Abstract

Three clases of second graders served as subjects in this study of the effects of two types of intervention programs upon stealing: (1) an antistealing lecture with no specific contingency implied, and (2) a direct group contingency applied, whereby children were rewarded with (a) extra free time for no thefts, (b) allowed normal free time if stolen items were returned, and (c) punished with lost of free if stolen items were not returned. A multiple-baseline design across the three classes showed the group contingency to be effective in reducing stealing behavior; the anti-stealing lecture was ineffective.

PMID:
885829
PMCID:
PMC1311177
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.1977.10-267
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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