Title

Concurrent Operant Preference Assessment to Identify Social Consequences to Decrease Task Latency for Adolescents with Dual Diagnosis

Department

Applied Behavior Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Behavioral Interventions. Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 52-61.

Publication Date

2019-2

Abstract

Identifying effective reinforcers to use to increase desired behaviors is essential to the success of an intervention. Conducting preference assessments is a proven method for identification of effective reinforcers. In the current study, reinforcers were identified to decrease the latency of initiation of daily living skills such as laundry, showering, and chores in five individuals with dual diagnoses. A Concurrent Operant Preference Assessment measuring response allocation to social stimuli was completed with each individual to determine preferred consequence to increase task compliance. Results showed that all five participants decreased latency to initiate daily tasks once treatment was implemented compared with that during the baseline phase. These results were perceived as socially acceptable by staff, and the improvement was maintained 2 weeks beyond the completion of treatment.

DOI

10.1002/bin.1648

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