We thank Leah Koehler for her assistance in conducting the research and Kathryn Horton for her help with data analysis.
THERAPIST AND SETTING INFLUENCES ON FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OUTCOMES†
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
© Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Special Issue: Special Issue on Functional Analysis: Commemorating Thirty Years of Research and Practice
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 79–87, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Thomason-Sassi, J. L., Iwata, B. A. and Fritz, J. N. (2013), THERAPIST AND SETTING INFLUENCES ON FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OUTCOMES. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 46: 79–87. doi: 10.1002/jaba.28
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 JUN 2012
- functional analysis;
- stimulus control
Functional analyses (FAs) of problem behavior typically are conducted in controlled settings to minimize potential sources of confounding. Several studies have reported that results of FAs conducted in controlled settings occasionally differ from those conducted under more naturalistic conditions, although little is known about factors that may contribute to the different outcomes. We examined correspondence between FAs conducted by staff in a clinic and those conducted either by caregivers as therapists or in the home setting. If results of the 2 analyses were dissimilar, we conducted further analyses to identify variables responsible for the different outcomes. Results showed that, in most cases, correspondence of function was observed across familiar and unfamiliar stimuli. Results are discussed in terms of implications for research and clinical practice for the evaluation of problem behavior.