Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Christopher Jones, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rachel Mathews, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alix Fink, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a positive behavior intervention system (PBS) on eighth grade students located in rural middle school. Office referral data was collected from the 2004-2005 school year---comparing September-December 2004 (Group 1) behavioral office referrals to January-April 2005 (Group 2) behavioral referrals. Group 1 data represented pre-PBS and Group 2 represented post-PBS. The data was analyzed with a paired sample t-test of dependence and showed an increase of behavior referrals for Group 2. However, due to the study's limitations and confounding variables alternative explanations are discussed.



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