Extending the Functional Behavioral Assessment Process: A Methodology for Test-driving Interventions with Varied Choice Dimensions to Reduce Escape-maintained Behaviors Displayed by Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Mark W. Steege PhD
Rachel Brown PhD
Frank W. Ellis PhD
Functional behavioral assessment, emotional and behavioral disorders, functional communication training, noncontingent reinforcement, PsyD
The benefits of extending the traditional functional behavioral assessment (FBA) process to include brief experimental comparisons between potential interventions were explored. After FBA interview and functional analysis (FA) data converged to suggest that the problem behaviors displayed by 2 youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) were maintained by escape from task demands, the youth participated in brief intervention analyses to evaluate the relative effectiveness of functional communication training (FCT) and noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) interventions with varied choice dimensions. Results of the brief intervention analyses, which were highly idiosyncratic, were used to guide the selection of a treatment for implementation in the final phase of the study. One participant received an opportunity to select among the most effective variations of the FCT and NCR interventions, whereas an intervention employing differential positive reinforcement for task completion was implemented with the other participant. Implications for the assessment and treatment of youth with EBD were considered.
Pratt, Jamie Laura PsyD, "Extending the Functional Behavioral Assessment Process: A Methodology for Test-driving Interventions with Varied Choice Dimensions to Reduce Escape-maintained Behaviors Displayed by Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders" (2010). All Theses & Dissertations. 358.