Alterations to functional analysis methodology to clarify the functions of low rate, high intensity problem behavior.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23326628
Author: 
Boelter EW
Author List: 
Davis BJ
Kahng S
Schmidt J
Bowman LG
Boelter EW
Journal: 
Behav Anal Pract
PubMed ID: 
23326628
Pagination: 
27-39
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
Current research provides few suggestions for modifications to functional analysis procedures to accommodate low rate, high intensity problem behavior. This study examined the results of the extended duration functional analysis procedures of Kahng, Abt, and Schonbachler (2001) with six children admitted to an inpatient hospital for the treatment of severe problem behavior. Results of initial functional analyses (Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, & Richman, 1982/1994) were inconclusive for all children because of low levels of responding. The altered functional analyses, which changed multiple variables including the duration of the functional analysis (i.e., 6 or 7 hrs), yielded clear behavioral functions for all six participants. These results add additional support for the utility of an altered analysis of low rate, high intensity problem behavior when standard functional analyses do not yield differentiated results.
Published Date: 
January, 2012

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