Further evaluation of differential exposure to establishing operations during functional communication training

Wayne W. Fisher, Brian D. Greer, Daniel R. Mitteer, Ashley M. Fuhrman, Patrick W. Romani, Amanda N. Zangrillo

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Abstract

Recent research findings (DeRosa, Fisher, & Steege,) suggest that minimizing exposure to the establishing operation (EO) for destructive behavior when differential reinforcement interventions like functional communication training (FCT) are introduced may produce more immediate reductions in destructive behavior and prevent or mitigate extinction bursts. We directly tested this hypothesis by introducing FCT with extinction in two conditions, one with limited exposure to the EO (limited EO) and one with more extended exposure to the EO (extended EO) using a combined reversal and multielement design. Results showed that the limited-EO condition rapidly reduced destructive behavior to low levels during every application, whereas the extended-EO condition produced an extinction burst in five of six applications. We discuss these findings in relation to the effects of EO exposure on the beneficial and untoward effects of differential reinforcement interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-373
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • differential reinforcement
  • establishing operation
  • extinction
  • extinction burst
  • functional analysis
  • functional communication training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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