Date of Award

8-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

Bonus contingencies or added on incentives in addition to an individual's regular weekly paycheck, have been shown to be effective at improving work performance. Previous literature has shown the positive effects of implementing bonus contingencies among typical adults in regular work settings. Little has been done to extend this research to adults with developmental disabilities in sheltered workshop settings. Individuals with developmental disabilities may have difficulties in such areas as learning, language, independent living and self-help. They may often display off-task behavior and may need assistance in completing day-to-day activities. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of bonus contingencies on on-task behavior among adults with developmental disabilities in a sheltered workshop setting. Results showed that bonus contingencies are effective at increasing on-task behavior among adults with developmental disabilities.

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