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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kliebert, Megan Leigh
URN etd-05022010-214403
Title Effects of Delays to Response Blocking when used as Treatment for Problem Behavior Maintained by Automatic Reinforcment
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tiger, Jeffrey H. Committee Chair
Cook, Clayton R. Committee Member
Gresham, Frank M. Committee Member
  • treatment integrity challenges
  • delays
  • developmental disabilities
  • problem behavior
  • response blocking
  • children
  • automatic reinforcement
Date of Defense 2009-12-07
Availability unrestricted
Response blocking and response interruption are common interventions for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement in the treatment literature, but these interventions may be extremely challenging for caregivers to implement with fidelity (i.e., immediately blocking each instance). We evaluated the effects of challenges to the procedural integrity of response blocking and interruption procedures upon the maintenance of treatment effects for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement for two young men by measuring aberrant behavior under several conditions including a baseline condition, an immediate response blocking or interruption condition, and delayed response blocking or interruption conditions (e.g., 3-s, 15-s, and 30-s delays). The results indicated that even brief delays to implementing blocking and interruption severely compromised treatment efficacy.
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