Mikhail N. Koffarnus is now at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Virginia Tech.
Monetary incentives to reinforce engagement and achievement in a job-skills training program for homeless, unemployed adults
Version of Record online: 12 AUG 2013
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 582–591, Fall 2013
How to Cite
Koffarnus, M. N., Wong, C. J., Fingerhood, M., Svikis, D. S., Bigelow, G. E. and Silverman, K. (2013), Monetary incentives to reinforce engagement and achievement in a job-skills training program for homeless, unemployed adults. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 582–591. doi: 10.1002/jaba.60
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health Grants R01 AA12154 and T32 DA007209. We thank Mick Needham and Jacqueline Hampton for the efforts in implementing this experiment. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the National Institutes of Health.
- Issue online: 3 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 12 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 JUN 2012
- National Institutes of Health Grants. Grant Numbers: R01 AA12154, T32 DA007209
- therapeutic workplace;
- alcohol abuse;
- job-skills training;
- monetary incentives
The current study examined whether monetary incentives could increase engagement and achievement in a job-skills training program for unemployed, homeless, alcohol-dependent adults. Participants (n = 124) were randomized to a no-reinforcement group (n = 39), during which access to the training program was provided but no incentiveswere given; a training reinforcement group (n = 42), during which incentives were contingent on attendance and performance; or an abstinence and training reinforcement group (n = 43), during which incentives werecontingent on attendance and performance, but access was granted only if participants demonstrated abstinence from alcohol. abstinence and training reinforcement and training reinforcement participants advanced further in training and attended more hours than no-reinforcement participants. Monetary incentives were effective in promoting engagement and achievement in a job-skills training program for individuals who often do not take advantage of training programs.