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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Trevor Stokes

Tonya Lambert Delp

Krisztina Jakobsen


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of two temporal locations of feedback on performance of behavior specific praise and behavior descriptions. Temporal locations of feedback include feedback provided right before a session and feedback provided right after a session with a delay before the next opportunity to respond. An adapted alternating treatments design with a multiple baseline across participants was used to compare the two feedback conditions when implemented with two independent but equivalent dependent measures. Prior to baseline, participants were provided instructions on child-directed interaction skills. During baseline, participants were provided no feedback on child-directed interactions. Following baseline, the experimental phase included the participants receiving feedback before a session on one skill and feedback after a session on the other skill. The results of this study concluded that before-session feedback maximized performance more rapidly than after-session feedback.

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