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ERIC Number: EJ789960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Functional Analyses and Treatment of Precursor Behavior
Najdowski, Adel C.; Wallace, Michele D.; Ellsworth, Carrie L.; MacAleese, Alicia N.; Cleveland, Jackie
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v41 n1 p97-105 Spr 2008
Functional analysis has been demonstrated to be an effective method to identify environmental variables that maintain problem behavior. However, there are cases when conducting functional analyses of severe problem behavior may be contraindicated. The current study applied functional analysis procedures to a class of behavior that preceded severe problem behavior (precursor behavior) and evaluated treatments based on the outcomes of the functional analyses of precursor behavior. Responding for all participants was differentiated during the functional analyses, and individualized treatments eliminated precursor behavior. These results suggest that functional analysis of precursor behavior may offer an alternative, indirect method to assess the operant function of severe problem behavior. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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