Increasing wearing of prescription glasses in individuals with mental retardation

Iser G. DeLeon, Louis P. Hagopian, Vanessa Rodriguez-Catter, Lynn G. Bowman, Ethan S. Long, Eric W. Boelter

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This study evaluated an intervention for promoting wearing of prescription glasses in 4 individuals with mental retardation who had refused to wear their glasses previously. Distraction through noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) increased independent glasses wearing for 1 of the 4 participants. An intervention consisting of NCR, response cost, and brief response blocking (until 5 s without an attempt to remove glasses had elapsed) increased glasses wearing for the others. Partial component analyses revealed that different components of the package were sufficient or necessary to sustain glasses wearing across participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Compliance
  • Noncontingent reinforcement
  • Prescription glasses
  • Response blocking
  • Response cost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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