College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Analysis of Demand Conditions Associated With Reluctant Speech

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1986

Publication Title

Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

ISSN

0005-7916

Volume

17

Issue/No.

4

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

An analysis of five demand conditions affecting the reluctant speech of a preschool child was conducted in the classroom. Results indicated that demand conditions that (a) did not permit escape from academic demand tasks, (b) ignored muteresponses, (c) prompted answers and (d) enthusiastically praised verbal responses resulted in higher rates of speech. Further, replication of these procedures across escape conditions resulted in increased speech rates that approximated those of a nonmute peer in the same classroom. Follow-up data at 8 months indicated that in the classroom the subject spoke more often to more people using a greater number of words, subsequent to analysis and intervention. The classroom teacher also reported a marked improvement in speech rate and quality and considered the time spent in analysis worthwhile. The study provides a model for further analysis of conditions associated with reluctant speech.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7916(86)90065-0