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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Majeika, Caitlyn Elizabeth
URN etd-07192019-121701
Title Are Breaks Better? A Direct Comparison of the Breaks are Better Program to Standard Protocol Check-in Check-out
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Joseph H. Wehby Committee Chair
Blair Lloyd Committee Member
Daniel M. Maggin Committee Member
Jennifer R. Ledford Committee Member
Joseph M. Lambert Committee Member
  • function-based interventions
  • tier 2 behavioral interventions
Date of Defense 2019-07-08
Availability unrestricted
Tier 2 behavioral interventions support the development and reinforcement of prosocial behaviors for at-risk students. While popular Tier 2 programs, like check-in check-out (CICO), increase positive adult attention and behavioral feedback, very few include components explicitly aimed at addressing escape-maintained problem behavior. Breaks are Better (BrB) is a function-based version of CICO that incorporates components targeting escape-maintained behavior. The purpose of this study was to determine if BrB led to decreases in problem behavior, increases in academic engagement, and increases in points earned on a Daily Progress Report as compared to standard protocol CICO. Overall results were mixed and ranged from strong effects of BrB to no effects. Potential explanations for findings and directions for future research are discussed.
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