Relative preference for distinct reinforcers maintaining destructive behavior

Halle M. Norris, Brian D. Greer

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Abstract

The literature offers few recommendations for sequencing exposure to treatment conditions with individuals with multiply maintained destructive behavior. Identifying relative preference for the functional reinforcers maintaining destructive behavior may be one means of guiding that decision. The present study presents a preliminary attempt at developing a robust relative preference and reinforcer assessment for individuals with multiply maintained destructive behavior. Guided and free-choice trials were implemented in which participants chose between two multiple-schedule arrangements, each of which programmed signaled periods of isolated reinforcer availability and unavailability. Consistent participant choice and responding during free-choice trials was then used to thin the corresponding schedule of reinforcement. The results demonstrated a strong preference for one of the two functional reinforcers for all four participants, yet preferences differed across participants and were not well predicted by responding in prior analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • choice
  • destructive behavior
  • multiply maintained responding
  • reinforcement schedule thinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology

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