An Assessment of the Necessary Strength of Behavioral Treatments for Severe Behavior Problems

John Northup, Wayne Fisher, Sung Woo Kahang, Robert Harrell, Patricia Kurtz

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Abstract

We conducted a clinical assessment of the effects of different levels of treatment implementation for behavioral treatments of aggression and pica for three participants with developmental disabilities. Treatments were based on differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior and brief time-out. Two treatment components, the schedule of reinforcement and time-out, were systematically varied in a range from 100%, to 50%, to 25% of initial treatment recommendations as one measure of treatment "strength." For all participants, treatment effects were maintained when time-out was implemented at 50%, and for two participants, treatment effects were maintained at even lower levels. The implications of a prior assessment of necessary treatment strength are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

Keywords

  • Intermittent schedules
  • Severe behavior problems
  • Time-out
  • Treatment strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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