The effects of preference assessment type on problem behavior

Sara Beth Tung, Jeanne M. Donaldson, Sung Woo Kahng

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Abstract

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who engage in problem behavior maintained by access to tangibles may exhibit more problem behavior during certain preference assessments. We compared three common preference assessments to determine which resulted in fewer problem behaviors. The paired stimulus and multiple-stimulus without replacement assessments produced higher rates of problem behavior than the free operant (FO) assessment, suggesting that the FO assessment may be the most appropriate assessment for individuals who engage in problem behavior maintained by access to tangibles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-866
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • preference assessments
  • problem behavior
  • tangible function

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