The development of false-positive outcomes during functional analyses of problem behavior

Joshua Jessel, Nicole L. Hausman, Jonathan D. Schmidt, Lily C. Darnell, Sungwoo Kahng

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Abstract

False-positive outcomes of functional analyses exist when exposure to the consequences in a condition strengthens a relation that did not previously exist. Two functional analyses (aggression and spitting) were conducted with a child with an intellectual disability. High rates of problem behavior occurred immediately in the attention condition of the functional analysis across response topographies, suggesting a clear functional response class. However, rates of aggression and spitting increased in the demand condition, following the initial block of sessions, indicating the possible creation of a novel contingent relation for spitting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Jessel, J., Hausman, N. L., Schmidt, J. D., Darnell, L. C., & Kahng, S. (2014). The development of false-positive outcomes during functional analyses of problem behavior. Behavioral Interventions, 29(1), 50-61. https://doi.org/10.1002/bin.1375