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ERIC Number: EJ931941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Functional Analysis and Treatment of Coprophagia
Ing, Anna D.; Roane, Henry S.; Veenstra, Rebecca A.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v44 n1 p151-155 Spr 2011
Coprophagia, the ingestion of fecal matter, occurs among some individuals with developmental disabilities and is associated with a variety of health risks (e.g., diarrhea, intestinal parasites, blood-borne pathogens; Parry-Jones & Parry-Jones, 1992). Studies that have evaluated operant-based treatments of coprophagia have been limited by a lack of evidence-based assessments (e.g., functional analysis) and poor demonstrations of experimental control. In the current investigation, functional analysis results suggested that coprophagia was maintained by automatic reinforcement. Providing noncontingent access to alternative stimuli decreased coprophagia, and the intervention was generalized to two settings. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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