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Conditioned Reinforcement and Chaining
Conditioned reinforcement and chaining

Drew, a child in a group home for children with developmental disabilities, was given some tokens as positive reinforcers for performing household chores. Drew dropped one token on the floor and left the rest on the table. The houseparent concluded that the token did not function as a generalized conditioned reinforcer for Drew.


After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe a procedure for establishing a generalized conditioned reinforcer for a client.
  • Compare the use of conditioned reinforcers and unconditioned reinforcers in maintaining behavior change in the client's environment.
  • Describe a procedure to establish a neutral stimulus as a conditioned reinforcer.
  • Give an example of a problem that can be analyzed as a stimulus-response chain.
Conditioned Reinforcement

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