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Implementation of a comprehensive schoolwide behavioral intervention: The ABC program.

Authors
  • Pelham, William E Jr1
  • Massetti, Greta M
  • Wilson, Tracey
  • Kipp, Heidi
  • Myers, David
  • Standley, Beth B Newman
  • Billheimer, Sheila
  • Waschbusch, Daniel A
  • 1 University at Buffalo, State University of New York, NY 14214, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of attention disorders
Publication Date
August 2005
Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
248–260
Identifiers
PMID: 16371672
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Academic and Behavioral Competencies (ABC) Program, a schoolwide program to reduce classroom disruption and encourage rule following, academic task completion, and homework completion, is described. The program was initially developed and implemented in an elementary school with a high-risk population. Data from teachers, parents, and children indicate high levels of satisfaction with the program. In addition, unobtrusive measures of program impact, reported as reductions in referrals to the principal's office, suspensions, and increases in homework completion rates relative to the year prior to implementation of the program, suggest a preliminary positive impact of the program. A replication is reported for another school district, with teacher evaluations of satisfaction and effectiveness reported, supporting the flexibility and adaptability of the program. Although the present article does not constitute a systematic evaluation of the ABC Program, it presents preliminary data on the process of implementation and stakeholder satisfaction.

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