FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF EPISODIC SELF-INJURY CORRELATED WITH RECURRENT OTITIS MEDIA

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Intellectual Disability Research and Training Unit, Department of Psychology, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland (E-mail: moreilly@macollamh.ucd.ie)

Abstract

A functional analysis examined the consequences that maintained episodic self-injury and the relationship between those consequences and otitis media for a child with moderate developmental disabilities. Results indicated that self-injury occurred only during periods of otitis media. Otitis media may have served as an establishing operation related to escape from ambient noise.

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