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ERIC Number: EJ1072106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1539-4352
Brief Report: An Experimental Analogue of Consultee "Resistance" Effects on the Consultant's Therapeutic Behavior--A Preliminary Investigation
Cautilli, Joseph; Riley-Tillman, T. Chris
Behavior Analyst Today, v7 n3 p351-356 2006
This study presents an experimental analogue of resistance in the consultation process. Using an ABAB reversal design, the experimenter measured the ecological effects of teacher resistant behaviors on consultant therapeutic behavior. The study defined therapeutic behaviors as teaching, confronting and problem identification, analysis, and evaluation statements as outlined by Bergan and Kratochwill (1990). In this study, the author instructed one student from a masters program in behavior analysis that this was a study of resistance in the consultation process with teachers. The experimenter instructed the subjects that analysis of the sessions would determine if any resistance occurred and how they managed it. The teacher was a double agent, in the sense that she was working with the experimenter. The study measured subjects' behavior on therapeutic statements made to the teacher during varying levels of resistant statements made by teachers. The experimenter met with teacher on weekly basis. The experimenter instructed the teacher on the type of session that they were supposed to provide. The experimenter instructed the teachers on when to be resistant and when to be nonresistant in the program. When a stable baseline occurred, the experimenter instructed the teachers to become resistant. The resistance continued for four active sessions. After this phase, the experimenter instructed the teacher to become compliant again for several sessions. When the experimenter observed stability in the data, the experimenter instructed the teacher to become resistant until the end of the study.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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