Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Symposium #127
CE Offered: BACB
Getting What You Want and Wanting What You Need: Some Extensions of Functional Analysis
Sunday, May 24, 2015
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
217B (CC)
Area: AUT/CSE; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Marianne L. Jackson (California State University, Fresno)
Discussant: Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (St Cloud State University)
CE Instructor: Marianne L. Jackson, Ph.D.

Functional Analysis (FA) technology has been widely used to identify the functional variables of severe behavior, particularly in individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Recent research has allowed for further examination of the length, order, and content of conditions used, but much of the procedure has remained relatively untouched and has been utilized exclusively with special populations. In this symposium we examine methodological changes to FAs that address these issues. The first paper will discuss the use of abolishing operations in functional analyses and latency to first response as the primary dependent measure. The second paper discusses the narrow use of FAs in the treatment of severe behavioral excesses. Recent research has demonstrated the use of FAs with behavioral deficits such as exercise. This symposium will discuss the use of FAs to identify the variables maintaining the exercise behavior of children and the effects of peer involvement. Broader implications will be discussed.

Keyword(s): Abolishing Operations, Functional Analysis, Physical Exercise

Getting What You Want: Using an Abolishing Operation to Improve the Efficiency of Functional Analysis Methodology

MARIANNE L. JACKSON (California State University, Fresno), Jonpaul D. Moschella (California State University, Fresno), Tiffany Gonzales (California State University, Fresno), Erin Paulsen (California State University Fresno)

Functional Analysis (FA) has been repeatedly shown to be an effective method of identifying the variables maintaining severe behavioral excesses. Dangerous or harmful behaviors present difficult issues concerning the use of functional analysis methodology as this involves the repeated occurrence of the behavior within each of the conditions. Recent research has examined variables to increase the efficiency of FAs, thereby reducing the risks of repeated instances of the behavior. One such investigation has suggested latency to first response as a primary dependent measure in FAs and examined the possibility of ending conditions after this first response, In this study we extend the research by examining the use of abolishing operations to reduce the likelihood of the target behavior during the maintaining test conditions. Furthermore we use latency to first response as the dependent measure and examine the efficiency of this approach when it is combined with the antecedent control of an abolishing operation. Implications of this method will be discussed


The Effects of Peers on Children's Physical Activity: A Functional Analysis

TIFFANY GONZALES (California State University, Fresno), Marianne L. Jackson (California State University, Fresno), Amanda N. Adams (California Autism Center & Learning Group)

In the United States, 16.9% of children and adolescents from the ages of 2 to 19 are considered to be obese and one-third of children and adolescents are considered to be overweight or obese (Ogden et at., 2012). Although physical activity alone may not solve the obesity epidemic, it has the potential to mitigate some of the health risks that individuals are facing. In this study, we examined whether the presence of a peer in the experimental conditions containing alone, attention, and adult interactive play consequences would affect levels of physical activity in three preschool aged children. The experimental conditions were examined with a multielement design with an initial baseline and follow up to the most effective treatment. The experimental conditions included attention contingent on MVPA, interactive play contingent on MVPA, and alone. Results suggest that the inclusion of peers in these conditions altered the primary maintaining variables of the childrens exercise behavior from attention to interactive play.




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