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  • Main Title Mediated Generalization of the Effect of Reprimands Across Two Topographies of Self-Injury


  • Author: Kliethermes, Lana L.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Smith, Richard
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Hyten, Cloyd
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Rosales-Ruiz, Jesus
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2004-05
  • Digitized: 2007-11-14


  • English


  • Content Description: This study sought to assess the effects of pairing a neutral stimulus with a reprimand contingent on occurrences of two topographies of problem behavior. Using a multiple baseline withdrawal with a nested multi-element design, contingencies were first applied to eye poking and, subsequently, to a second behavior, skin picking. In each case, the participant wore wristbands (a previously neutral stimulus) during treatment sessions. Results indicated that the reprimands were effective in decreasing both behaviors. In addition, when skin picking resulted in reprimands, eye poking also decreased. However, when reprimands were contingent on eye-poking, the effects did not appear to generalize to skin-picking. Some possible accounts for this asymmetrical pattern of generalization are discussed.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Self-injurious behavior.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Behavior modification.
  • Keyword: response generalization
  • Keyword: covariation
  • Keyword: verbal reprimands
  • Keyword: eye-poking
  • Keyword: skin-picking
  • Keyword: self-injury
  • Keyword: self-injurious behavior


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Kliethermes, Lana L.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 55672662
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4503


  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Behavior Analysis
  • Academic Department: Department of Behavior Analysis
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas