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ERIC Number: EJ828646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
A Review of Empirical Support for Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior
Petscher, Erin S.; Rey, Catalina; Bailey, Jon S.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n3 p409-425 May-Jun 2009
Differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) is one of the most common behavior analytic interventions used to decrease unwanted behavior. We reviewed the DRA literature from the past 30 years to identify the aspects that are thoroughly researched and those that would benefit from further emphasis. We found and coded 116 empirical studies that used DRA, later grouping them into categories that met APA Division 12 Task Force criteria. We found that DRA has been successful at reducing behaviors on a continuum from relatively minor problems like prelinguistic communication to life-threatening failure to thrive. DRA with and without extinction is well established for treating destructive behavior of those with developmental disabilities, and to combat food refusal. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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