Cash value of voucher reinforcers in pregnant drug-dependent women

James Rosado, Stacey C. Sigmon, Hendree E. Jones, Maxine L. Stitzer

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Abstract

This study examined the relative reinforcing potency of vouchers and cash in drug-dependent pregnant women (N = 48) across voucher values ($10, $50, and $100) by use of a series of choices to understand how exchange-delay features of voucher reinforcers influence their reinforcing potency compared with cash. The study also examined a no delay vs. 2-day delay of the cash alternative. Generally, cash was selected at 80%-90% of voucher face values. Vouchers were also discounted less when a 2-day delay was imposed on the cash option compared to the immediately available cash. These results suggest that voucher discounting does occur among patients in drug treatment. However, vouchers retain 80%-90% of their cash value and thus remain relatively potent reinforcers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental and clinical psychopharmacology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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