Reinforcement of compliance with respiratory treatment in a child with cystic fibrosis

Louis P. Hagopian, Rachel H. Thompson

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An 8-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis (CF), mental retardation, and autism exhibited noncompliance with respiratory treatments that were essential for the management of his CF. A treatment involving shaping cooperation while still allowing escape for aggression and avoidance behavior resulted in increases compliance with respiratory treatments and decreases in problem behavior. Treatment gains were maintained over 3 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999



  • Behavioral pediatrics
  • Noncompliance
  • Shaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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