Behavior analysis, program development, and transfer of control in the treatment of self-injury

John M. Parrish, Brian A. Iwata, Michael F. Dorsey, Theodore J. Bunck, Keith J. Slifer

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Abstract

This case study illustrates an empirical approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and controlled follow-up of self-injurious clients. Following an assessment period, during which environmental factors associated with a severely retarded adolescent's self-injury were identified, the contingent application of protective equipment was combined with a differential reinforcement procedure (DRO) and implemented in a multiple baseline design across two hospital settings. Results showed a marked decrease in the rate of self-injury. Upon discharge from the hospital, the program was successfully replicated at the adolescent's residential center, again using a multiple baseline design across settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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