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A preliminary examination of the evocative effects of the establishing operation

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O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Edrisinha, C and Lancioni, G and Cannella, H and Choi, H and Baretto, A, A preliminary examination of the evocative effects of the establishing operation, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 39, (2) pp. 239-242. ISSN 0021-8855 (2006) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2006 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1901/jaba.2006.160-04

Abstract

We attempted to isolate the evocative effects of the establishing operation for positively reinforced problem behavior with 2 participants. The study consisted of three phases. First, a functional analysis identified tangible items (Participant 1) and attention (Participant 2) as maintaining problem behavior. Second, access to tangible items and attention was systematically controlled (continuous access vs. no access) immediately prior to functional analysis sessions in which these consequences were delivered contingent on problem behavior. Results of this phase indicated that problem behavior occurred at higher levels when access to tangible items and attention was restricted. In the third phase, prior access was again controlled, but problem behavior produced no consequences. Results of this final phase indicated that problem behavior occurred at higher levels during extinction sessions when participants did not have prior access to the reinforcers.

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:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Special Needs Education
Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:39605
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-28
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