Generalization training and the transfer of prosocial behavior in delinquent adolescents

James G. Emshoff, William H. Redd, William S. Davidson

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This study examines the role of generalization training in the transfer of behavior to extra-training settings. Four residents of a treatment center for delinquent adolescents participated in seven 30-min training sessions in which undergraduate students reinforced (praise and redeemable points) positive comments made to peers. For two subjects the same undergraduate trainers conducted all sessions which involved a single activity (ping-pong). For the other two subjects, new trainers and new activities were introducedduring each session. Observation in the residential home was carried out before, after, and during training. "Home" observations revealed that generalization-training subjects showed greater increases over baseline performance during training and post-training periods than constant-training subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1976
Externally publishedYes


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