LATENCY OF RESPONSE DURING THE FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF ELOPEMENT

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Send correspondence to Pamela L. Neidert, Applied Behavioral Science Department, University of Kansas, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, 4001 Dole, Lawrence, Kansas 66045 (e-mail: pneidert@ku.edu).

Abstract

Elopement is a dangerous behavior sometimes exhibited by individuals with intellectual disabilities. We conducted trial-based functional analyses in which latency was the index of elopement for 2 students. Two unobtrusive safety monitors were placed outside the building to eliminate potential confounding caused by having to retrieve a student. Results of both students' assessments indicated that elopement served multiple functions. Results are discussed in terms of the study's methodological and applied implications.

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