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ERIC Number: EJ931951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Response Competition and Stimulus Preference in the Treatment of Automatically Reinforced Behavior: A Comparison
Groskreutz, Mark P.; Groskreutz, Nicole C.; Higbee, Thomas S.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v44 n1 p211-215 Spr 2011
Clinicians are particularly challenged by the development of interventions for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement because reinforcers that maintain the responses often cannot be directly observed or manipulated. Researchers have conducted either preference assessments or competing items assessments when developing effective treatments for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement. However, interventions based on these assessments have not been directly compared. The current study evaluated procedures to make such a comparison. High-competition items resulted in greater reductions in vocal stereotypy than did high-preference items for a preschool boy with autism. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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