Teaching social/sexual skills to mentally retarded adults

R. M. Foxx, M. J. McMorrow, K. Storey, B. M. Rogers

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A social/sexual skills training program for institutionalized mentally retarded adults was evaluated. The target behaviors involved a verbal action or reaction within six skill areas and were taught using a commercially available table game, Sorry, and a specially designed card deck. The program featured response-specific feedback, self-monitoring, individualized reinforcers, and individualized performance criterion levels. A multiple baseline across two groups (N = 3 per group) revealed that there were increases in all skill areas. Generalization occurred in individual and group tests conducted by a retarded peer. The program appears to be an effective method of training social/sexual skills because it produces effects that generalize.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Mental Deficiency
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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