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Master of Science (MS)




The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of positive verbal reinforcement on the responses to three subtests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The subtests were comprehension, similarities, and vocabulary. These three subtests were given to thirty children of the Geary County, Kansas, Unified School System, whose chronological age ranged from ten years, one month to ten years, eleven months. Their intelligence quotients ranged from ninety-five to one hundred and five.

The responses to the three subtests were analyzed statistically. The results indicated that positive verbal reinforcement did significantly change the amount of verbal production and the scaled scores to the three subtests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children at the .05 level of confidence.

Under the conditions of this experiment, positive verbal reinforcement did affect the responses on three subtests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and resulted in changed scaled scores and the amount of verbal production.


vi, 48 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. Bibliography: leaves 44-48.


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