First Advisor

Vincent Glaudin

Term of Graduation

Summer 1971

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology






Behavior modification, Mother and child



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 95 pages)


An experiment was designed to test the effectiveness of using standard laboratory environments in producing a broad class of problem behaviors which defined Mother-Child (M-C) interaction difficulties. The effects of four environments, free-time (X), child's game and rules (B), mother's game and rules (C), and clean-up (Z), on the frequency of eight criteria behaviors were tested on 12 M-C pairs over three days of baseline data collection. It was predicted that the frequency of problem behaviors would decrease as a function of environment (X) and increase as a function of environments (B), (C), and (Z). A two factor repeated measures design was used for the baseline data analyses. Analysis of the data confirmed the experimental predictions. It was concluded that the use of standard laboratory environments was effective in increasing the frequency of problem behaviors which define M-C interaction difficulties. These conclusions were discussed in view of the contribution made by the use of' environmental control in the application of behavior modification techniques to M-C interaction difficulties.


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