The effects of writing choice prompt on the written narratives of students with emotional and behavioral disorders: A case study of an abandoned single-case design

Academic Article


  • In this study, we investigated the effects of choice of writing prompt on the number of story elements included in written narratives. The investigation took place in a residential facility for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Participants included six female students in a mixed-grade-level course (students had just completed Grades 7-10). A withdrawal single-case research design was planned for each participant. However, the study was abandoned after only initial baseline and intervention phases because choice of writing prompt appeared to have null or countertherapeutic effects on the number of story elements written. Potential explanations for why these findings are inconsistent with other studies using choice making, including considerations of the file drawer effect for studies with null findings, are presented. Limitations and future directions also are discussed.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Ennis RP; Jolivette K; Losinski M
  • Start Page

  • 185
  • End Page

  • 195
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 4