An analysis of functional communication training as an empirically supported treatment for problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual disabilities

Patricia F Kurtz, Eric W. Boelter, David P. Jarmolowicz, Michelle D. Chin, Louis P Hagopian

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This paper examines the literature on the use of functional communication training (FCT) as a treatment for problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Criteria for empirically supported treatments developed by Divisions 12 and 16 of the American Psychological Association (Kratochwill & Stoiber, 2002; Task Force, 1995) and adapted by Jennett and Hagopian (2008) for evaluation of single-case research studies were used to examine the support for FCT. Results indicated that FCT far exceeds criteria to be designated as a well-established treatment for problem behavior exhibited by children with ID and children with autism spectrum disorder, and can be characterized as probably efficacious with adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2935-2942
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

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Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Autism
  • Empirically supported treatments
  • Functional communication training
  • Intellectual disability
  • Problem behavior
  • Property destruction
  • Self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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An analysis of functional communication training as an empirically supported treatment for problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual disabilities. / Kurtz, Patricia F; Boelter, Eric W.; Jarmolowicz, David P.; Chin, Michelle D.; Hagopian, Louis P.

In: Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 32, No. 6, 11.2011, p. 2935-2942.

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