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ERIC Number: EJ859326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Use of Latency to Problem Behavior to Evaluate Demands for Inclusion in Functional Analyses
Call, Nathan A.; Pabico, Ryan S.; Lomas, Joanna E.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n3 p723-728 Fall 2009
Few direct-assessment procedures are designed to identify potential negative reinforcers (e.g., including demands in the escape condition of functional analyses). Two participants were systematically exposed to a series of demands nominated by caregivers as potential negative reinforcers. Sessions ended following the first instance of problem behavior, and a hierarchy of demand aversiveness was created based on the latency to the first problem behavior. Subsequent functional analyses confirmed the predictive value of the hierarchy, with shorter latency demands consistently producing more differentiated functional analysis outcomes. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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