Caregiver- and staff-conducted functional analysis outcomes: A summary of 52 cases

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Abstract

In the present study, caregivers were trained as therapists to conduct functional analyses (FAs) after staff-conducted FAs were inconclusive with 52 participants. Caregiver-conducted FAs identified at least 1 function for problem behavior when staff-conducted FAs were undifferentiated. When results of the staff-conducted FAs were questionable, subsequent caregiver-conducted FAs resulted in an exact match with staff-conducted FA in about 68% of cases but identified new functions in about 30% of cases. Function-based treatments based on caregiver-conducted FAs were effective in reducing problem behavior by an average of 96% relative to baseline. Results suggest that when staff-conducted FA outcomes yield inconclusive findings, using caregivers to conduct FAs is likely to produce differentiated results and ultimately result in the development of effective treatments.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages738-749
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Summary
Functional Analysis
Caregivers
Staff
functional analysis
caregiver
staff
Therapeutics
Problem Behavior
Behavior Problems
therapist

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • function-based treatments
  • functional analysis
  • severe behavior disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy

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