Evaluation of the multiple-stimulus without replacement preference assessment method using activities as stimuli

Edward J. Daly, Nikki J. Wells, Michelle S. Swanger-Gagné, James E. Carr, Gina M. Kunz, Ashley M. Taylor

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The current study examined the accuracy of the multiple-stimulus without replacement (MSWO) preference assessment for identifying preferred common classroom activities as reinforcers with children with behavioral disorders. The accuracy of predictions from the MSWO regarding high, medium, and low stimulus preference was tested by providing contingent access to activities for completing math problems within an independent seatwork format. Overall, there was an interaction effect between preference ranking (high, medium, or low) and number of problems completed. The results confirm and extend previous findings regarding the accuracy of predictions with the MSWO. The findings also reveal, however, some individual differences that may account for instances in which student behavior did not conform to predictions of stimulus preference assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-574
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2009



  • Math problem completion
  • Preference assessment
  • Preferences
  • Reinforcer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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