Emily E. Wheeler is now at University of Massachusetts Boston.
IDIOSYNCRATIC VARIABLES THAT AFFECT FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OUTCOMES: A REVIEW (2001–2010)
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Special Issue: Special Issue on Functional Analysis: Commemorating Thirty Years of Research and Practice
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 339–348, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Schlichenmeyer, K. J., Roscoe, E. M., Rooker, G. W., Wheeler, E. E. and Dube, W. V. (2013), IDIOSYNCRATIC VARIABLES THAT AFFECT FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OUTCOMES: A REVIEW (2001–2010). Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 339–348. doi: 10.1002/jaba.12
Preparation of this article was supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grants P01HD055456 and P30HD04147. The contents of this paper are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NICHD. We thank Keira Moore and Kathy Clark for their comments on previous drafts of this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 27 DEC 2011
- functional analysis;
- problem behavior;
- idiosyncratic variables;
- undifferentiated outcomes
Although typical functional analyses often produce clear outcomes, some studies have reported ambiguous results that cannot be interpreted. Such undifferentiated outcomes may occur if test conditions do not include relevant antecedent or consequent events. Clinicians then may try to modify the functional analysis conditions to include those events. Hanley, Iwata, and McCord (2003) reviewed the functional analysis literature through 2000 and described idiosyncratic variables included in modified functional analyses. The objective of the present review was to present a quantitative analysis of idiosyncratic antecedents and consequences in modified functional analyses during the past decade (2001 to 2010). We discuss the range of stimulus parameters tested and the assessment strategies used for informing the modified analysis conditions.