Use of a multicomponent treatment for food refusal

Sung Woo Kahng, Jonathon Tarbox, Arthur E. Wilke

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We examined the use of a multicomponent treatment for food refusal exhibited by a 5-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with mild to moderate mental retardation. Treatment consisted of access to highly preferred tangible items, which were removed contingent on problem behavior or not accepting a bite, and differential reinforcement of alternative behavior. Treatment resulted in an increase in food acceptance to 100% of bite offers and near-zero rates of problem behavior. In addition, the participant's caregivers were successfully trained to implement the treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Differential reinforcement of alternative behavior
  • Food refusal
  • Pediatric feeding disorder
  • Response cost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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