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Caregiver- and staff-conducted functional analysis outcomes: A summary of 52 cases

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  • Correction added on 10 October 2013 after first publication on 22 August 2013. Due to an error during the proofing process a small change was made to this version of the article. The main change is reflected on page 2, in the 2nd column, lines 19–20, indicated by the symbol: §.

Abstract

In the present study, caregivers were trained as therapists to conduct functional analyses (FAs) after staff-conducted FAs were inconclusive with 52 participants. Caregiver-conducted FAs identified at least 1 function for problem behavior when staff-conducted FAs were undifferentiated. When results of the staff-conducted FAs were questionable, subsequent caregiver-conducted FAs resulted in an exact match with staff-conducted FA in about 68% of cases but identified new functions in about 30% of cases. Function-based treatments based on caregiver-conducted FAs were effective in reducing problem behavior by an average of 96% relative to baseline. Results suggest that when staff-conducted FA outcomes yield inconclusive findings, using caregivers to conduct FAs is likely to produce differentiated results and ultimately result in the development of effective treatments.

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