College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Mystery motivator: An effective and time efficient intervention

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1994

Publication Title

School Psychology Review

ISSN

0279-6015

Volume

23

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Systematically applied W. R. Jenson's (1990, unpublished; see also G. Rhode et al, 1992) Mystery Motivator (MM) across 9 Ss (5 3rd-grade boys and 4 5th-grade boys) from 2 classrooms. All Ss were experiencing significant difficulties completing and turning in their homework assignments. The MM was devised to treat a variety of behavioral and academic problems in clinical practice. It combines 2 key treatment components: immediate performance feedback and intermittent reinforcement. Materials include a weekly chart, erasable pens, and a reward menu. Results appear promising, suggesting that the MM is an effective, socially valid intervention that can be implemented in the classroom with integrity.

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