Variant and invariant high-probability requests: Increasing appropriate behaviors in children with emotional-behavioral disorders

Carol Ann Davis, Joe Reichle

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of variant versus invariant high-probability (high-p) request sequences on the performance of requests to initiate a social bid by young children with emotional-behavioral disorders. In the initial phases of the investigation, a multiple baseline design showed that the delivery of invariant sequences (i.e., high-p requests delivered in the same sequence) produced initial increases in compliance to requests to initiate a social bid to a peer. However, increases were not maintained across the invariant condition. The delivery of variant high-p sequences produced increases in compliance to requests to initiate social bids that were maintained across the variant condition. In a follow-up condition, the number of requests within the pool of the variant and invariant high-p requests were controlled. Results of the follow-up condition replicated those found in the initial condition. Implications for applied use and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-482
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Behavioral momentum
  • Emotional-behavioral disorders
  • High-probability requests
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