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FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT OF AGGRESSION MAINTAINED BY PREFERRED CONVERSATIONAL TOPICS

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  • This research was conducted by Arianne Kindle towards fulfillment of her master's degree at Northeastern University.

Address correspondence to Eileen Roscoe, Assistant Director of Research, New England Center for Children, 33 Turnpike Road, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772 (e-mail: eroscoe@necc.org).

Abstract

After an initial functional analysis of a participant's aggression showed unclear outcomes, we conducted preference and reinforcer assessments to identify preferred forms of attention that may maintain problem behavior. Next, we conducted an extended functional analysis that included a modified attention condition. Results showed that the participant's aggression was maintained by access to preferred conversational topics. A function-based intervention decreased aggression and increased an appropriate communicative response.

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