Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Jowett Hirst, Erica


Modeling is an effective procedure for teaching a variety of skills (Shipley-Benamou, Lutzker, & Taubman, 2002) and may be conducted live or via video presentation. The present study compared the effectiveness of two types of models used via video presentation to teach various helping behaviors to typically developing preschool children: one model was unoccupied, and the other model was distracted. Results indicated that the models were equally effective for teaching helping behavior to one participant, and for the other participant, use of a distracted model resulted in higher levels of helping behavior.




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