Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA
Kimberly Church, PsyD
Timothy Weil, Ph.D.
Behavior Interventions, Developmentally Disabled, Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors, Individualized Treatment, Behavior Management
The level system is a behavioral procedure that alters the status of a participant contingent on his or her behaviors; within each level the amount of reinforcement is different. In most cases, level systems are paired with another form of treatment such as a token economy. In the current study, the effectiveness of a level system with a built in token economy was evaluated within three intensive residential group homes with 3 male participants. Each participant was diagnosed with mental retardation and behavioral issues. The level system was comprised of 5 different levels, each having different privileges and reinforcers. Each participant received token dollars for displaying replacement behaviors and the tokens were used to purchase items from a token store. A preference assessment was conducted to determine the items and their values. The results of the current study suggest that a level system with a built in token economy is an effective form of treatment in managing severe, inappropriate behaviors in individuals with mental retardation residing in a group home setting.
Scholar Commons Citation
Tomaka, Ashley, "Evaluation of a Level System with a Built in Token Economy to Decrease Inappropriate Behaviors of Individuals with mental Retardation" (2009). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.