A preliminary investigation on improving functional communication training by mitigating resurgence of destructive behavior

Ashley M. Fuhrman, Wayne W. Fisher, Brian D. Greer

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Abstract

Despite the effectiveness and widespread use of functional communication training (FCT), resurgence of destructive behavior can occur if the functional communication response (FCR) contacts a challenge, such as lapses in treatment integrity. We evaluated a method to mitigate resurgence by conducting FCT using a multiple schedule of reinforcement prior to extinction. After functional analyses of 2 boys’ destructive behavior and treatment with FCT (Study 1), we compared levels of resurgence during an extinction challenge either after a typical FCT sequence or after exposure to schedule thinning in the context of a multiple-schedule arrangement (Study 2). Results for both participants suggested that schedule thinning using discriminative stimuli in a multiple schedule mitigated the resurgence of destructive behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-899
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • behavioral momentum theory
  • destructive behavior
  • functional communication training
  • multiple schedules
  • resurgence
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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