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ERIC Number: EJ910166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Functional Analysis and Treatment of Aggression Maintained by Preferred Conversational Topics
Roscoe, Eileen M.; Kindle, Arianne E.; Pence, Sacha T.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v43 n4 p723-727 Win 2010
After an initial functional analysis of a participant's aggression showed unclear outcomes, we conducted preference and reinforcer assessments to identify preferred forms of attention that may maintain problem behavior. Next, we conducted an extended functional analysis that included a modified attention condition. Results showed that the participant's aggression was maintained by access to preferred conversational topics. A function-based intervention decreased aggression and increased an appropriate communicative response. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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