Altering the timing of academic prompts to treat destructive behavior maintained by escape

Mercedes E. Ebanks, Wayne W. Fisher

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Abstract

Following a functional analysis showing that destructive behavior was reinforced by escape, we altered the aversiveness of task demands by interspersing easy and difficult tasks and by presenting a corrective prompt as an antecedent event the next time a previously failed item was presented; this procedure was compared with one in which the corrective prompt was provided as an immediate consequence. Results of a reversal design showed that the antecedent prompt acted as an establishing operation and reduced destructive behavior to zero.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Academic instruction
  • Antecedent intervention
  • Destructive behavior
  • Escape
  • Establishing operation
  • Feedback
  • Functional analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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