Use of a token reinforcement system to promote appropriate behavior at a pediatric burn summer camp

Christian D. Adams, P. A. Girolami, K. E. Joseph, S. A. Sauvageot, H. Slater

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Abstract

Child behavior management can be an important concern in conducting summer camps for pediatric burn patients, because many of these patients have a history of significant behavioral difficulties. To be efficient, a flexible camp-wide behavior management system, such as a token economy, would be ideal. In this article we discuss the concept and principles of a token reinforcement system and outline how this intervention was applied to our pediatric burn summer camp across 2 consecutive years. We also provide a description of modifications made for the second camp, based on counselor ratings of and our experience with the token system during the first camp. Results from counselor assessments indicated that after using the token system, counselors' perceptions of its utility (eg, effective in decreasing problem behavior in campers, useful in making behavior management easier) increased significantly across both years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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