Functional analysis of self-injury maintained by automatic reinforcement: Exposing masked social functions

Todd L. McKerchar, Sungwoo Kahng, Elyse Casioppo, David Wilson

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Abstract

Two functional analyses for self-injurious behavior (SIB) exhibited by a child diagnosed with mental retardation and autism were conducted. Responding was high and undifferentiated in the first functional analysis, indicating that SIB was maintained by automatic reinforcement. During the second functional analysis, the client wore a padded helmet and all SIB was blocked. SIB decreased in all conditions except attention, suggesting that SIB was multiply controlled (social positive and automatic reinforcement).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-63
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 28 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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