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ERIC Number: EJ1176985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Behavioral Interventions for Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Acquired Brain Injury: A Review
Clay, Casey J.; Bloom, Sarah E.; Lambert, Joseph M.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v123 n3 p254-282 May 2018
Inappropriate sexual behavior (ISB) is a common, but understudied, issue for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities (DD), intellectual disability (ID), and/or acquired brain injuries (ABI). We conducted a systematic review to identify, analyze, and synthesize published behavior-analytic approaches to intervention for ISB in DD, ID, or ABI populations. Twenty-three studies employing single-subject research methodology were identified and evaluated using quality indicators described by Horner et al. (2005). Results of our analysis suggest insufficient evidence exists to consider any specific response-suppression technique an overarching treatment for decreasing ISB using the Horner et al. criteria. However, broadly speaking, behavior analytic approaches have been highly effective. Practitioners should consider function-based intervention and draw from studies identified as having strong supporting evidence.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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