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Functional analysis and treatment of inappropriate verbal behavior.

Authors
  • Dixon, M R
  • Benedict, H
  • Larson, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of applied behavior analysis
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Volume
34
Issue
3
Pages
361–363
Identifiers
PMID: 11678535
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The present study examined the possible function of inappropriate verbal behavior of an adult man who had been diagnosed with both mental retardation and psychosis. Results of a functional analysis indicated that inappropriate verbal utterances were maintained by attention. An intervention consisting of the differential reinforcement of appropriate verbal behavior effectively reduced the inappropriate behavior.

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