Managing the Behavior of At-Risk Adolescents Using Job Card Grounding and a Token Economy

By Penny Ward, Sandra Devlin and Sarah Graves.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of this study was to determine if a specific behavior modification program for a group home would decrease inappropriate behaviors in adolescent males while increasing appropriate behavior. All boys were in foster care and were placed in the group home setting. Additionally, all boys had been involved in the juvenile justice system. The boys all had histories of academic and behavioral difficulties. Behavioral problems ranged from insubordination to physical aggression. Job Card Grounding with a Token Economy was implemented. Incidences of inappropriate behavior dramatically decreased while appropriate behaviors increased. Two years worth of data will be shared.

Keywords: Behavior Disorders, Behavior Modification, Juvenile Justice, Foster Care, Job Card Grounding, Token Economy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.129-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 982.262KB).

Penny Ward

PhD student, School Psychology, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Doctoral candidate in School Psychology and holds an Educational Specialist degree in Special Education. She is interested in assessment, behavior disorders, and special education law.

Dr. Sandra Devlin

Professor of Special Education, Behavioral Sciences, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

I have worked in the field of Special Education for twenty five years. I specialize in the area of Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. I am Coordinator of the Special Education Program at Mississippi State University. I am also a Positive Behavior Specialist for the state. I have worked as a liason with juvenile justice and serve as an advocate for parents of students with disabilities. I devote twenty-five percent of my work week to working with students with disabilities in the field. I serve on the Autism Task Force for the state of Mississippi. I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Dr. Sarah Graves

Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

PhD in School Psychology. Interested in Criminology

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