Observed increases in positive affect during behavioral treatment

Lisa M. Toole, Lynn G. Bowman, Jessica L. Thomason, Louis P. Hagopian, Karena S. Rush

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A 15-year-old female diagnosed with mental retardation was admitted to an inpatient facility for the assessment and treatment of a severe behavior disorder. A behavioral treatment to reduce destructive behavior consisting of enriched environment, differential reinforcement, and time-out was evaluated in a reversal design. Data on affect were collected during baseline and treatment phases. In addition to achieving clinically significant reductions in problem behavior, collateral improvements in positive affect were observed during treatment phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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