The use of conditional probability analysis to identify a response chain leading to the occurrence of eye poking

Louis P. Hagopian, Theodosia R. Paclawskyj, Stephanie Contrucci Kuhn

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Abstract

In contrast to the literature on shaping adaptive behavior chains, few applied studies have described procedures for identifying and treating behavior chains involving problem behavior such as self-injury. The present study expands upon past work by conducting a conditional probability analysis and within-session analysis to identify a response chain leading to the occurrence of self-injurious behavior. Based on the hypothesis that stereotypy and self-injury constituted a response chain, the effects of blocking stereotypy were examined. Reductions in both self-injury and in response effort for treatment implementation were observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-397
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Self-injury
  • Stereotypy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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