Further Evaluation of the Multiple-Stimulus Preference Assessment
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Previously researchers have shown that multiple-stimuluspreferenceassessments can produce results comparable to those achieved using the paired-stimulus presentation format. However, extensive experimental validation of this procedure has not yet been accomplished. The purpose of this study was to provide a systematic extension of a study reported by DeLeon and Iwata (1996). We conducted brief stimuluspreferenceassessments with nine participants diagnosed with severe or profound mental retardation. The highest ranked stimuli were then delivered contingent on a target behavior in a multielement format. The stimulus identified as most highly preferred functioned as a reinforcer in six of the nine participants. The results of this study are discussed in the context of current stimuluspreferenceassessment findings.
Higbee, T.S., Carr, J.E., & Harrison, C.D. (2000). Further evaluation of the multiple-stimulus preference assessment. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 21, 61-73.