A mildly retarded female exit-ward resident did not attend special self-care classes designed to prepare her for community placement. An overcorrection procedure was used to increase daily attendance to a grooming class. Overcorrection required the woman to groom four profoundly retarded females, one each half hour, when she did not attend the 2-hr class. After each half hour, the woman was given her choice of attending class or grooming another resident. The woman's attendance increased from a baseline level of 22 to 100% after 1 month of overcorrection, where it remained throughout the study. The woman's attendance at a special education class remained sporadic (mean=32%) until the seventh week of overcorrection for not attending grooming class, when she was told that if she failed to attend the special education classes she would be required to tutor lower functioning students. Thereafter, she had perfect attendance without implementing overcorrection for nonattendance.
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- Clinical Psychology