Nondirective prompting and noncontingent reinforcement in the treatment of destructive behavior during hygiene routines

Cathleen C. Piazza, Stephanie A. Contrucci, Gregory P. Hanley, Wayne W. Fisher

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The escape-maintained destructive behavior of a girl with mental retardation persisted during hygiene routines with directive prompting, differential reinforcement for compliance, and extinction as treatment. Using nondirective prompting and noncontingent reinforcement, destructive behavior was reduced to near-zero levels during the hygiene routine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-708
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Escape
  • Establishing operations
  • Noncontingent reinforcement
  • Prompting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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