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Persistence of early emerging aberrant behavior in children with developmental disabilities


Green, VA and O' Reilly, M and Itchon, J and Sigafoos, J, Persistence of early emerging aberrant behavior in children with developmental disabilities, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 26, (1) pp. 47-55. ISSN 0891-4222 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2004.07.003


This study examined the persistence of early emerging aberrant behavior in 13 preschool children with developmental disabilities. The severity of aberrant behavior was assessed every 6 months over a 3-year period. Teachers completed the assessments using the Aberrant Behavior Checklist [Aman, M. G., & Singh, N. N. (1986). Aberrant Behavior Checklist: Manual. East Aurora, NY: Slosson Educational Publications; (1994). Aberrant Behavior Checklist - Community. East Aurora, NY: Slosson Educational Publications]. Problem behaviors were present in all children at the beginning of the study. Nine of the 13 children entered the study with relatively high levels of aberrant behaviors that showed little change over the 3 years. These data suggest that aberrant behaviors often emerge early and can be highly persistent during the preschool years. Prevention would, therefore, seem to require home-based interventions that begin before 4 years of age. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Green, VA (Dr Vanessa Green)
UTAS Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:39171
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:46
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-03-31
Last Modified:2006-03-31

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