Identifier

etd-05022010-214403

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Response blocking and response interruption are common interventions for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement in the treatment literature, but these interventions may be extremely challenging for caregivers to implement with fidelity (i.e., immediately blocking each instance). We evaluated the effects of challenges to the procedural integrity of response blocking and interruption procedures upon the maintenance of treatment effects for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement for two young men by measuring aberrant behavior under several conditions including a baseline condition, an immediate response blocking or interruption condition, and delayed response blocking or interruption conditions (e.g., 3-s, 15-s, and 30-s delays). The results indicated that even brief delays to implementing blocking and interruption severely compromised treatment efficacy.

Date

2010

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Tiger, Jeffrey H.

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Psychology Commons

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