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Descriptive analysis of multiple response topographies of challenging behavior across two settings.

Emerson, Eric and Thompson, Sarah and Reeves, David and Henderson, Dawn and Robertson, Janet M. (1995) Descriptive analysis of multiple response topographies of challenging behavior across two settings. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 16 (4). pp. 301-329. ISSN 0891-4222

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Abstract

Time-based lag sequential analyses were conducted on 23 topographies of challenging behavior shown by five young people with severe mental retardation across two settings. Potential behavioural functions were identified for 21 of the 23 behaviors. Responses classes, including two or more distinct behaviors, were identified for four of the five participants. Two participants showed evidence of two functionally distinct response classes; for one person each response class included both self-injurious and stereotypic behaviors. For 9 of the 11 behaviors for which data were available, the hypothesised function of behaviors was consistent across settings. For one person, data suggested that the function of one self-injurious behavior was contextually determined. Cross-validation with brief experimental analyses resulted in agreement on the general behavioral function for 12 of the 14 instances in which both approaches positively identified a potential function for a behavior. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33016
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2010 16:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33016

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