Behavioral intent of power and affiliation: Implications for functional analysis

John W. Maag, Suzanne E. Kemp

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Functional analysis is determining the Intent (or purpose) a behavior serves by manipulating relevant variables. There are two major functions of problem behavior: (a) to obtain something desirable, such as attention from others or tangible objects/activities (positive reinforcement), and (b) to escape/avoid something aversive, such as a difficult task (negative reinforcement), However, two well-researched constructs from the social psychology literature-power/control and affiliation-may be valid outcomes for some students, The purpose of this article Is to consider power/control and affiliation as valid functions for some students' maladaptive behaviors and describe how school-based manipulations for testing them may be performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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