ERIC Number: EJ756391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 63
Toward a Technology of "Nonaversive" Behavioral Support
Horner, Robert H.; Dunlap, Glen; Koegel, Robert L.; Carr, Edward G.; Sailor, Wayne; Anderson, Jacki; Albin, Richard W.; O'Neill, Robert E.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v30 n1 p3-10 Spr 2005
Nonaversive behavior management is an approach to supporting people with undesirable behaviors that integrates technology and values. Although this approach has attracted numerous proponents, more adequate definition and empirical documentation are still needed. This article presents an introduction to the nonaversive approach. Important definitions are suggested, and three fundamental elements are presented: (a) an emerging set of procedures for supporting people with severe challenging behavior; (b) social validation criteria emphasizing personal dignity; and (c) a recommendation for prohibition or restriction of certain strategies. These elements are defined in the hopes of stimulating further discussion and empirical analyses of positive behavioral support.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Positive Reinforcement, Stimuli, Behavior Disorders, Severe Disabilities, Social Influences, Life Style, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Environmental Influences, Context Effect, Discipline, Human Dignity, Intervention
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