The good behavior game: A token reinforcement system for preschoolers

Naomi B. Swiezy, Johnny L. Matson, Peggy Box

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The Good Behavior Game was implemented with four children attending a church-affiliated preschool in efforts to increase concurrent compliance and cooperation. Sessions were conducted individually with each child pair while in free play. The children were given various instructions by “Buddy Bear” (a puppet). Children were praised individually for compliant behavior while noncompliant and inappropriate behaviors were ignored. Further instances in which children complies (i.e., cooperation) were rewarded with tokens make of felt, shaped like happy faced or dinosaurs and placed on a large felt board. If the children earned their criterion levels of tokens, they received animal snacks. Improvements in compliance were noted, with generalization occurring across therapists but not settings. Factors influencing the results and implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 8 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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