Covariation between bizarre and nonbizarre speech as a function of the content of verbal attention

Iser G. DeLeon, Kristie L. Arnold, Vanessa Rodriguez-Catter, Michelle L. Uy

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Abstract

A functional analysis suggested that the bizarre speech of an individual with developmental disabilities was maintained by attention. The content of verbal attention was manipulated in two subsequent analyses and revealed that (a) bizarre speech was more frequent when attention was related to the participant's bizarre speech and (b) the participant's statements tended to reflect the content of the therapist's attention, whether bizarre or nonbizarre.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003

Keywords

  • Bizarre speech
  • Functional analysis
  • Response covariation
  • Social attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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