Token Economy – Behaviourism Applied


B.F. Skinner’s ideas on behaviourism and rewards.


The film opens with an interesting interview with B F Skinner. He cites five classical examples of behavioural mistreatment: old people, children in care, prisoners, and the mentally and physically handicapped — people in institutions who suffer as much as anything from neglect. The Token system creates a positive approach to education and socialisation and to caring.

An interesting application of the theory by the Illinois PACE scheme for emotionally disturbed adolescents shows just how effective a token economy can be in creating a more democratic and loving atmosphere which relies less on punishment and authoritarian methods.

Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.

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