BRIEF FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT OF A VOCAL TIC

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School Psychology Program, P.O. Box 9727, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 (E-mail: tsw2@ra.msstate.edu)

Abstract

This study sought to extend functional methodology to the assessment and treatment of habits. After a descriptive assessment indicated that coughing occurred while eating, a brief functional analysis suggested that social attention was the maintaining variable. Results demonstrated that treatment, derived from the assessment and analysis data, rapidly eliminated the cough. We discuss the appropriateness of using functional analysis procedures for deriving treatments for habits in a clinical setting.

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