ERIC Number: EJ1176101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Further Evaluation of Differential Exposure to Establishing Operations during Functional Communication Training
Fisher, Wayne W.; Greer, Brian D.; Mitteer, Daniel R.; Fuhrman, Ashley M.; Romani, Patrick W.; Zangrillo, Amanda N.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v51 n2 p360-373 Spr 2018
Recent research findings (DeRosa, Fisher, & Steege, 2015) suggest that minimizing exposure to the establishing operation (EO) for destructive behavior when differential reinforcement interventions like functional communication training (FCT) are introduced may produce more immediate reductions in destructive behavior and prevent or mitigate extinction bursts. We directly tested this hypothesis by introducing FCT with extinction in two conditions, one with limited exposure to the EO (limited EO) and one with more extended exposure to the EO (extended EO) using a combined reversal and multielement design. Results showed that the limited-EO condition rapidly reduced destructive behavior to low levels during every application, whereas the extended-EO condition produced an extinction burst in five of six applications. We discuss these findings in relation to the effects of EO exposure on the beneficial and untoward effects of differential reinforcement interventions.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Reinforcement, Behavior Modification, Hypothesis Testing, Learning Processes, Program Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Behavior Disorders, Individual Needs, Interpersonal Communication, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01HD08321401