A translational analysis of ABA and ABC renewal of operant behavior

Clare J. Liddon, Michael E. Kelley, Catalina N. Rey, Ashley P. Liggett, Aurelia Ribeiro

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Following reduction, behavior may recur when organisms are exposed to new or different environments. Such recurrences, called treatment relapse, are characterized by an increase of a previously reduced behavior. Renewal is a type of treatment relapse resulting from changes in stimulus contexts despite the ongoing maintenance of treatment. Renewal types include varying arrangements, such as ABA and ABC renewal, where each letter represents a different context. In the present series of translational analyses, we evaluated both ABA and ABC renewal and assessed whether these two renewal arrangements may be present in a single participant's behavior. Results produced evidence of both ABA and ABC renewal, and both types of renewal were detected in an individual participant's behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-830
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • ABA renewal
  • ABC renewal
  • context
  • problem behavior
  • treatment relapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology


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