Sequential and matching analyses of self-injurious behavior: A case of overmatching in the natural environment

Frank J. Symons, John Hoch, Norman A. Dahl, Jennifer J. McComas

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Abstract

In this study, we examined the relation between naturally occurring rates of self-injurious behavior and appropriate communicative behavior using prospective sequential and matching analyses of descriptive data. Results from both analyses suggested reliable covariation between both forms of behavior and staff attention. Findings are discussed in terms of the applicability of quantitative descriptive analyses to characterize behavior-environment relations in natural contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Descriptive analysis
  • Destructive behavior
  • Matching law
  • Sequential analysis

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