Effects of equal and unequal reinforcer duration during functional analysis

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Abstract

In the functional analysis described by Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, and Richman (1982/1994), reinforcer duration varied across conditions (e.g., brief attention vs. 30 s of escape); this may result in unequal exposure to the establishing operations for aberrant behavior. In this study, we compared the effects of unequal and equal reinforcer duration during a functional analysis. The results showed that reinforcer duration affects the rate of aberrant behavior and may potentially alter functional analysis interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Behavioral assessment
  • Establishing operation
  • Functional analysis
  • Reinforcement duration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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