FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT OF NONCOMPLIANCE BY PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

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Florida Institute of Technology, School of Psychology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Florida 32901 (e-mail: dawilder@fit.edu)

Abstract

A functional analysis showed that noncompliance occurred most often for 2 preschoolers when it resulted in termination of a preferred activity, suggesting that noncompliance was maintained by positive reinforcement. A differential reinforcement procedure, which involved contingent access to coupons that could be exchanged for uninterrupted access to the activity maintaining noncompliance, was successful in increasing compliance for both children.

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