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ERIC Number: ED503551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
An Action Research Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Inappropriate Behaviors and Learned Helplessness
Luper, Elizabeth P. S.; Lockley, Jeannie
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This study focused on a population of 36 female patients, aged 25 to 65, who were diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, all of whom had long-standing patterns of inappropriate behaviors. In an attempt to increase more appropriate behaviors in these patients, a set of standardized contingency rules were established. These rules were implemented across the living unit. Learned helplessness was also a concern. The frequency of documented reports of undesirable behaviors and the frequency of documented accidents and incidents for identical time periods of six weeks pre and post treatment implementation were examined. This positive reinforcement approach did show that there was an increase in appropriate behaviors. (Contains 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi