Title

Response competition and stimulus preference in the treatment of automatically reinforced behavior: A comparison

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Volume

44

Issue

1

Publisher

Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Publication Date

2011

First Page

211

Last Page

215

Abstract

Clinicians are particularly challenged by the development of interventions for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement because reinforcers that maintain the responses often cannot be directly observed or manipulated. Researchers have conducted either preference assessments or competing items assessments when developing effective treatments for behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement. However, interventions based on these assessments have not been directly compared. The current study evaluated procedures to make such a comparison. High-competition items resulted in greater reductions in vocal stereotypy than did high preference items for a preschool boy with autism.

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