William H. Ahearn
Jason C. Bourret, Chata Dickson
Date of Award
Master of Applied Behavior Analysis
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.
psychology, behavioral, multiple schedule, RIRDm, RIRDv, stereotypy, withdrawal design
Mental illness - Treatment, Stereotyped behavior (Psychiatry)
Many traditional treatment evaluations such as multiple baseline, alternating treatments, and withdrawal designs are effective but can be time and labor intensive. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a multiple schedule as a method to rapidly identify treatment effects when implementing response interruption for stereotypic behavior. Additionally, given that it has been suggested that response blocking can produce an establishing operation for stereotypy (see, Rapp, 2006), this study also examined whether consistent motivative effects were obtained following response interruption. Participants were two teenage boys diagnosed with autism whose stereotypy was presumably maintained by automatic reinforcement. The multiple schedule analyses were arranged in which BL and response interruption components were alternated. Two types of response interruption were used for each participant. The multiple schedule analyses were then compared to the results of withdrawal design comparison of the same conditions (i.e., ABABACAC). Treatment effects were detected via a proportional analysis of the treatment relative to the baseline conditions for the multiple schedule analysis. More profound treatment effects were obtained during the ABABACAC comparisons. Abolishing operation effects were seen in with the RIRDm and RIRDv components, while establishing operation effects were seen with the RI component.
Bharucha, Delna, "Evaluating the use of a multiple schedule for identifying treatment and motivational effects" (2011). Applied Behavioral Analysis Master's Theses. Paper 70. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001174
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