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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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 2014

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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

The development of false-positive outcomes during functional analyses of problem behavior. / Jessel, Joshua; Hausman, Nicole L.; Schmidt, Jonathan D.; Darnell, Lily C.; Kahng, Sungwoo.

In: Behavioral Interventions, Vol. 29, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 50-61.

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Jessel, J, Hausman, NL, Schmidt, JD, Darnell, LC & Kahng, S 2014, 'The development of false-positive outcomes during functional analyses of problem behavior', Behavioral Interventions, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 50-61. https://doi.org/10.1002/bin.1375
Jessel, Joshua ; Hausman, Nicole L. ; Schmidt, Jonathan D. ; Darnell, Lily C. ; Kahng, Sungwoo. / The development of false-positive outcomes during functional analyses of problem behavior. In: Behavioral Interventions. 2014 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 50-61.
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