The effects of a video vignette on increasing treatment acceptability

Richard M. Foxx, William C. McHenry, Barbara A. Bremer

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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). Eighty-five individuals involved in programs for individuals with developmental disabilities were randomly assigned into two groups. The experimental group (n = 41) viewed a video vignette of an extremely aggressive individual whereas the control group (n = 44) did not. Acceptability ratings prior to the video showed no differences between the experimental and control groups except for the physical restraint intervention. The experimental group's post video ratings indicated significant acceptability increases for electric shock and significant decreases for DRO. There also was a significant group by testing effect with the means for the experimental group rising whereas the control group means were stable. These results showed that acceptability is alterable through video.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 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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