The treatment of covert self-injury through contingencies on response products

Nancy C. Grace, Rachel Thompson, Wayne W. Fisher

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Assessment and treatment of covert self-injurious behavior are complicated because it is difficult to quantify and apply differential consequences to covert responses. In this study, both tangible and social reinforcers were identified using reinforcer assessment methods. These reinforcers were then provided contingent upon the absence of tissue damage identified during physical examinations, resulting in near 100% success in physical assessment checks that was maintained over 10 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Factitious disorder
  • Medical attention
  • Reinforcer assessment
  • Self-injurious behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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