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ERIC Number: EJ853206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
A Pilot Study of Naturally Occurring High-Probability Request Sequences in Hostage Negotiations
Hughes, James
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n2 p491-496 Sum 2009
In the current study, the audiotapes from three hostage-taking situations were analyzed. Hostage negotiator requests to the hostage taker were characterized as either high or low probability. The results suggested that hostage-taker compliance to a hostage negotiator's low-probability request was more likely when a series of complied-with high-probability requests preceded the low-probability request. However, two of the three hostage-taking situations ended violently; therefore, the implications of the high-probability request sequence for hostage-taking situations should be assessed in future research. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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