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ERIC Number: EJ900860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0145-4455
The Effects of Presession Manipulations on Automatically Maintained Challenging Behavior and Task Responding
Chung, Yi-Chieh; Cannella-Malone, Helen I.
Behavior Modification, v34 n6 p479-502 Nov 2010
This study examined the effects of presession exposure to attention, response blocking, attention with response blocking, and noninteraction conditions on subsequent engagement in automatically maintained challenging behavior and correct responding in four individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. Following a functional analysis, the effects of the four presession conditions were examined using multielement designs. Results varied across the 4 participants (e.g., presession noninteraction acted as an abolishing operation for 2 participants, but as an establishing operation for the other 2 participants). As such, both the results replicated and contradicted previous research examining the effects of motivating operations on automatically maintained challenging behavior. Although the results varied across participants, at least one condition resulting in a decrease in challenging behavior and an increase in correct responding were identified for each participant. These findings suggested that presession manipulations resulted in decreases in subsequent automatically maintained challenging behavior and simultaneous increases in correct responding might need to be individually identified when the maintaining contingencies cannot be identified. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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