Clinical and experimental utility of refundable deposits

Seth M. Ersner-Hershfield, Gerard J. Connors, Stephen A. Maisto

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a refund system on court-referred clients' adherence to the attendance and data-collection requirements of a program contract. Male and female clients admitted to a group treatment program for driving under the influence of alcohol were or were not required to place a $50 refundable deposit at the beginning of treatment. The results showed that subjects in the refundable deposit groups had fewer unexcused absences and were more efficient in returning data-collection forms, suggesting that deposits have considerable utility in a clinical/research setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-457
Number of pages3
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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