Clarifying an ambiguous functional analysis with matched and mismatched extinction procedures

David E. Kuhn, Iser G. DeLeon, Wayne W. Fisher, Arthur E. Wilke

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Abstract

Results of a functional analysis were ambiguous in suggesting that self-injurious behavior (SIB) was maintained by escape, sensory reinforcement, or both. To help clarify these results, we compared escape extinction, sensory extinction, and the combined treatments. Sensory extinction proved to be a necessary and sufficient treatment, whereas escape extinction failed to decrease SIB. These analyses helped to clarify the function of SIB and to identify an effective and efficient treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Extinction
  • Functional analysis
  • Self-injurious behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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