Increasing treatment acceptability through video

Richard Foxx, Barbara A. Bremer, Cindy Shultz, Jessica Valdez, Candace Johndrow

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The effects of a video vignette on the treatment acceptability ratings of four behavioral interventions were evaluated. Two interventions involved positive reinforcement (DRO and DRI) and two negative consequences (contingent physical restraint and contingent electric shock). Seventy-four undergraduate psychology students were randomly assigned into two groups. The experimental group (n = 36) viewed a video vignette of a self-abusive individual whereas the control group (n = 38) did not. Acceptability ratings prior to the video showed no differences between the experimental and control groups. The post video ratings indicated significant acceptability increases for physical restraint for the experimental group. There also was a significant group by testing effect because the means for the experimental group rose whereas the control group's means were stable. These results replicated and extended Foxx, McHenry and Bremer (in press) who showed that treatment acceptability is alterable through video.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 7 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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