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A PROCEDURE FOR IDENTIFYING PRECURSORS TO PROBLEM BEHAVIOR

Herscovitch, Brandon ; Roscoe, Eileen M. ; Libby, Myrna E. ; Bourret, Jason C. ; Ahearn, William H.

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, September 2009, Vol.42(3), pp.697-702 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    A PROCEDURE FOR IDENTIFYING PRECURSORS TO PROBLEM BEHAVIOR
  • Author/Creator: Herscovitch, Brandon ; Roscoe, Eileen M. ; Libby, Myrna E. ; Bourret, Jason C. ; Ahearn, William H.
  • Subjects: Descriptive Assessment ; Functional Analysis ; Precursors ; Problem Behavior ; Response‐Class Hierarchies
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, September 2009, Vol.42(3), pp.697-702
  • Description: We describe a procedure for differentiating among potential precursor responses for use in a functional analysis. Conditional probability analysis of descriptive assessment data identified three potential precursors. Results from the indirect assessment corresponded with those obtained from the descriptive assessment. The top‐ranked response identified as a precursor according to the indirect assessment had the strongest relation according to the probability analysis. When contingencies were arranged for the precursor in a functional analysis, the same function was identified as for target behavior, supporting the utility of indirect and descriptive methods to identify precursor behavior empirically.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0021-8855 ; E-ISSN: 1938-3703 ; DOI: 10.1901/jaba.2009.42-697