Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Timothy M. Weil
Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responding, Behavior Analysis, Functional Contextualism, Perspective Taking, Relational Frame Theory, Theory of Mind
The purpose of this study was to replicate and extend recent findings in the functional contextual literature by 1) establishing complex deictic relational responding skills in 3 persons diagnosed with Schizophrenia and mild-moderate Mental Retardation and 2) assessing generalization through pre and post-instructional measures of Social Anhedonia and Theory of Mind functioning. Results suggest that increasingly complex levels of deictic relational responses were acquired and mastered by all 3 participants and that generalization extended to the Deceptive Container Task (ToM levels 4 & 5) and Hinting Task. Support is provided for the notion that perspective taking skills might be shaped through operant conditioning of deictic frames and that acquisition of these skills may generalize to novel stimuli and settings.
Scholar Commons Citation
O'neill, John, "Training Deictic Relational Responding in People with Schizophrenia" (2012). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.