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ERIC Number: EJ859322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
A Procedure for Identifying Precursors to Problem Behavior
Herscovitch, Brandon; Roscoe, Eileen M.; Libby, Myrna E.; Bourret, Jason C.; Ahearn, William H.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n3 p697-702 Fall 2009
We describe a procedure for differentiating among potential precursor responses for use in a functional analysis. Conditional probability analysis of descriptive assessment data identified three potential precursors. Results from the indirect assessment corresponded with those obtained from the descriptive assessment. The top-ranked response identified as a precursor according to the indirect assessment had the strongest relation according to the probability analysis. When contingencies were arranged for the precursor in a functional analysis, the same function was identified as for target behavior, supporting the utility of indirect and descriptive methods to identify precursor behavior empirically. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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