We thank Kennon A. Lattal and Hawley Montgomery-Downs for their suggestions on earlier versions of this manuscript. We also thank Julie Crouser, Leigh Shrimpf, and undergraduate research assistants who served as data collectors.
Effects of fixed-time reinforcement schedules on resurgence of problem behavior
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2014
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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
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Marsteller, T. M. and St. Peter, C. C. (2014), Effects of fixed-time reinforcement schedules on resurgence of problem behavior. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis. doi: 10.1002/jaba.134
This research was completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a MS degree by the first author. This study was supported in part by Grant R40 MC 20444 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Combating Autism Act of 2006), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 APR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 6 AUG 2012
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Grant Number: R40 MC 20444
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Department of Health and Human Services.
- differential reinforcement;
- fixed-time schedules;
- problem behavior;
Resurgence of problem behavior following the discontinuation of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) may be prevented by response-independent reinforcer delivery. In basic research, response-independent reinforcer delivery following DRA prevented resurgence of the initially reinforced response and maintained alternative responding (Lieving & Lattal, 2003, Experiment 3). We evaluated the generality of these results by assessing if fixed-time (FT) reinforcer delivery following DRA would prevent resurgence of problem behavior and maintain appropriate behavior with 4 children with disabilities. For all participants, extinction following DRA produced resurgence of previously reinforced problem behavior and reduced appropriate requests, but FT reinforcer delivery following DRA mitigated resurgence of problem behavior and maintained appropriate requests.