This research was completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MA degree for the first and third authors at the University of Houston–Clear Lake. Robert Lehardy is now at Texana Center, Lindsay Evans is now at Spectrum of Hope, and Daniel LeSage is now with One Step at a Time Behavioral Services, LLC.
A SIMPLIFIED METHODOLOGY FOR IDENTIFYING THE FUNCTION OF ELOPEMENT†
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 256–270, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Lehardy, R. K., Lerman, D. C., Evans, L. M., O'Connor, A. and LeSage, D. L. (2013), A SIMPLIFIED METHODOLOGY FOR IDENTIFYING THE FUNCTION OF ELOPEMENT. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 256–270. doi: 10.1002/jaba.22
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 DEC 2011
- functional analysis;
- functional communication training
Functional analyses of elopement (i.e., leaving a specific area without permission) are challenging to conduct because clients must have repeated opportunities to elope from one room (or area) to another safely. These analyses often require two or more adjoining rooms and retrieval of the client following each instance of elopement (e.g., Piazza et al., 1997). These room arrangements may be impractical in some settings, and therapist delivery of attention or demands during retrieval may confound the results. To address these issues, we evaluated the viability of conducting a functional analysis (FA) of elopement within a single room. Participants were 2 children and 2 adults with developmental disabilities who eloped from rooms at their day programs. Results of the single-room assessments were compared to those of a second FA that was conducted using methods similar to those described in previous studies. Function-based treatments were implemented for each participant. Results suggest that the single-room assessment may be a viable alternative for identifying the function of elopement.