FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT OF THE BIZARRE SPEECH OF DUALLY DIAGNOSED ADULTS

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Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008 (e-mail: linda.leblanc@wmich.edu)

Abstract

Nine behavior-analytic studies, each reporting data for a single participant, have shown that bizarre speech can be maintained by social reinforcement. In the current study, we controlled for a possible referral bias in this literature by including nonreferred participants with dual diagnoses. Functional analyses identified attention functions for 2 participants and nonsocial functions for the others. Noncontingent reinforcement decreased the bizarre speech of both participants who displayed attention-maintained bizarre speech.

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