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ERIC Number: EJ800233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
Effects of Conversational versus Technical Language on Treatment Preference and Integrity
Jarmolowicz, David P.; Kahng, SungWoo; Ingvarsson, Einar T.; Goysovich, Richard; Heggemeyer, Rebecca; Gregory, Meagan K.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n3 p190-199 Jun 2008
Problem behaviors present a significant challenge for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Interventions based on behavioral principles are effective in treating problem behaviors; however, some caregivers have difficulty adhering to treatment recommendations. Treatment adherence may be affected by the technical nature of behavioral terminology. Research suggests that caregivers better understand and are more comfortable with interventions described in conversational language; however, the effects of technical language on treatment implementation are unknown. In the current investigation, implementation of a behavioral treatment was monitored after caregivers were given either a technical or conversational description of the intervention. Implementation was more accurate when the treatment description was written in conversational language, suggesting that clinicians should write behavioral plans in conversational language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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