Progressing From Identification and Functional Analysis of Precursor Behavior to Treatment of Selfinjurious Behavior

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This article evaluates the utility of assessing and treating severe selfinjurious behavior (SIB) based on the outcomes of a functional analysis of precursor behavior.

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Dracobly, Joseph D. & Smith, Richard G. 2012.

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This article evaluates the utility of assessing and treating severe selfinjurious behavior (SIB) based on the outcomes of a functional analysis of precursor behavior.

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14 p.

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Abstract: This multiplestudy experiment evaluated the utility of assessing and treating severe selfinjurious
behavior SIB based on the outcomes of a functional analysis of precursor behavior. In Study 1, a
precursor to SIB was identified using descriptive assessment and conditional probability analyses. In
Study 2, a functional analysis of precursor behavior was conducted. Finally, Study 3 evaluated the
effects of a treatment in which precursor behavior produced the maintaining variable identified in the
precursor functional analysis. Studies 1 and 3 were conducted in two settings in the participants natural
environment, where data collection was ongoing throughout the course of the study. Results showed
that it was possible to identify a precursor to infrequent but severe SIB, that a functional analysis of
precursor behavior suggested a clear operant function, and that treatment based on the results of the
precursor functional analysis reduced SIB in the natural environment.

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  • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2012. Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Volume: 45
  • Issue: 2
  • Page Start: 361
  • Page End: 374
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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  • 2012

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  • May 3, 2010

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  • September 26, 2011

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  • Dec. 19, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

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Dracobly, Joseph D. & Smith, Richard G. Progressing From Identification and Functional Analysis of Precursor Behavior to Treatment of Selfinjurious Behavior, article, 2012; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1393814/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.