Use of a token economy to eliminate excessive inappropriate social behavior in an adult with developmental disabilities

Linda A. LeBlanc, Louis P. Hagopian, Kristen A. Maglieri

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Abstract

Adults with developmental disabilities frequently have both deficits in appropriate social skills and excesses in inappropriate social behavior. Typically, published treatment studies have focused on social skills training procedures that teach and promote the use of new social behaviors. However, only a few studies have focused on management of existing social behaviors that are problematic because they occur excessively or in an inappropriate context. The current study focuses on management of three types of inappropriate social behavior in a 26-year-old male with moderate mental retardation: inappropriate social interactions, inappropriate sexual behavior, and verbal aggression. A token economy with response cost procedure was implemented using a DRO interval as the basis for earning tokens. Using a multiple-baseline design across behaviors, each of the three types of inappropriate social behavior was successfully treated. After demonstrating the success of the procedure, the DRO interval was increased while maintaining the reductions in inappropriate social behaviors. Appropriate behaviors such as initiating conversation, shaking hands, etc maintained throughout the intervention. (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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