The effects of response cost in the treatment of aberrant behavior maintained by negative reinforcement

Kris M. Keeney, Wayne W. Fisher, John D. Adelinis, David A. Wilder

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Abstract

Positive reinforcement contingencies can sometimes be used to decrease problem behavior maintained by negative reinforcement (e.g., escape). In the current study, we evaluated the extent to which response cost (i.e., contingent removal of a preferred stimulus) would compete with the negative reinforcer maintaining destructive behavior. The response cost contingency reduced destructive behavior by 87% from baseline levels even though the negative reinforcement contingency (i.e., escape) remained in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Destructive behavior
  • Functional analysis
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Response cost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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