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August 1977

The Goal-Attainment Scale: An Instructional Guide for the Delivery of Social Reinforcement

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatric Institute, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami (Dr Steinbook), and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine (Drs Steinbook and Jacobson and Messrs Mosher and Davies).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1977;34(8):923-926. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1977.01770200061005

• Goal-attainment scaling, a method for evaluating treatment programs, has been reported to benefit therapeutic encounters. In order to evaluate its effect on staff therapeutic behavior, raters were trained to rate the appropriateness of inpatient behavior and the staffs' responses to it. General distribution of the goalattainment scale on a psychiatric inpatient unit influenced the delivery of positive social reinforcement for appropriate behavior.

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