Response persistence: The effects of stimulus control on negatively reinforced problem behavior in a concurrent operant

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Abstract

In the context of instructional demands, compliance and problem behavior can be considered concurrent operants. Of applied interest is increasing one response (i.e., compliance) while decreasing the other (i.e., problem behavior). Strategic arrangement of reinforcement can alter response allocation accordingly. Such schedules can also influence response persistence and generalization. A case study is used to illustrate the effects of stimulus-reinforcer relations in a concurrent-operants arrangement involving an adult with developmental disabilities and problem behavior. Results are discussed in the context of basic operant research findings in the areas of stimulus control and behavioral persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Analyst
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Concurrent operants
  • Generalization
  • Maintenance
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Persistence
  • Problem behavior
  • Resistance to change
  • Stimulus control

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