A behavior analyst is working with a teacher to increase compliance in the classroom and decrease disruptions during instructions. The teacher identified 5 students in the class who disrupt instruction the most and the behavior analyst created an intervention in which all students would receive a reward based on the behavior of those 5 individuals. Which type of group contingency is the behavior analyst using?
Step 1: Identify the concept being tested
This question tests your understanding of group contingencies.
Step 2: Analyze the question
In this scenario, a behavior analyst is working with a teacher who has identified 5 individuals who disrupt her class during instructions. The behavior analyst has chosen an intervention method in which reinforcement is received by the whole group but is dependent on the behavior of the small group identified by the teacher.
The Correct Answer is D
Dependent group contingency, also called the Hero Procedure, is a procedure in which the reward is received by the whole group dependent on the behavior of an individual or small group of individuals within the group.
- In an independent group contingency, the reward is earned only by those individuals whose behavior meets the criterion
- An interdependent group contingency is an all or nothing contingency and the whole group must meet criterion before the reward is delivered.
- A planned activity check is a method of interval recording for group behavior. A PLACHECK is not a type of group contingency.
Task List Reference:
Task List 4 Section Area:
E. Specific Behavior-Change Procedures
Task List 4 Item:
E-05. Use independent, interdependent, and dependent group contingencies