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ERIC Number: EJ846489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1554-4893
Effects of Punishment and Response-Independent Attention on Severe Problem Behavior and Appropriate Toy Play
Doughty, Shannon S.; Poe, Susannah G.; Anderson, Cynthia M.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, v2 n2 p91-98 Sum 2005
Problem behavior can interfere with learning, the development of appropriate skills, and socialization in persons with developmental disabilities. In severe cases, problem behavior could result in life-threatening injury. For one 21-month-old participant diagnosed with autism engaging in severe problem behavior for whom reinforcement-based interventions had failed, punishment was implemented. After the efficacy of punishment alone was evaluated, it was implemented concurrent with response-independent attention. Problem behavior was suppressed and appropriate toy play emerged as a function of these combined interventions. Thus, punishment in combination with response-independent attention was an effective intervention for severe, attention-maintained problem behavior. (Contains 1 figure.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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