ANALYSIS OF RESPONSE CLASS HIERARCHIES WITH ATTENTION-MAINTAINED PROBLEM BEHAVIORS

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University Hospital School, 100 Hawkins Drive, Room 251, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1011

Abstract

We replicated a method for clarifying inconclusive functional analysis outcomes via an extinction analysis of separate topographies of problem behavior with 2 participants. Results suggested that both mild and severe problem behaviors belonged to the same response class. An analysis of response latency was consistent with a response class hierarchy hypothesis, indicating that mild problem behavior nearly always occurred prior to severe topographies of problem behavior.

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