Eliminating perserverative speech by positive reinforcement and time-out in a psychotic child

Joe Reichle, David Brubakken, George Tetreault

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Abstract

Reinforcement, time-out, and combined reinforcement-time-out contingencies through in vivo training were applied to a 5-yr-and-9-month-old psychotic male in a short-term residential center in an attempt to extinguish perseverative verbal behavior. Results indicated that perserverative verbal behavior could be extinguished without decreasing total verbal output. Time-out and combined reinforcement-time-out contingencies proved to be more effective treatment techniques than a contingency consisting of reinforcement for behaviors incompatible with verbal perseveration. Environmental generalization from ward to school was demonstrated. In vivo therapy rather than the more traditional in-session training utilized for language problems was effective in treating the perseverative speech. After 6 months the behavior was no longer present in the school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1976

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