Concurrent reinforcement schedules: Behavior change and maintenance without extinction

Hannah Hoch, Jennifer McComas, Andrea L. Thompson, Debra Paone

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Abstract

We evaluated the effects of concurrent schedules of reinforcement on negatively reinforced problem behavior and task completion with 3 children with autism. Results indicated that problem behavior occurred at high levels and relatively few tasks were completed when problem behavior produced a break (from tasks) and task completion produced either no consequence or a break. By contrast, problem behavior was eliminated and tasks were completed when problem behavior produced a break and task completion produced a break with access to preferred activities. Treatment gains were maintained without the use of extinction when the response requirement was increased and the schedule of reinforcement was thinned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-169
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Concurrent schedules
  • Maintenance
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Problem behavior

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