Use of a short-term inpatient model to evaluate aberrant behavior: outcome data summaries from 1996 to 2001.

  • Asmus J
  • Ringdahl J
  • Sellers J
 et al. 
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Abstract

Previous outcome studies have provided descriptions of functional analyses conducted in outpatient clinics (Derby et al., 1992), long-term inpatient programs (Iwata, Pace, et al., 1994), and home environments (Wacker et al., 1998). This study provides a description of 138 children and adults with and without developmental disabilities who were evaluated and treated for aberrant behaviors on a short-term inpatient unit. The results indicated that the functional analyses conducted during a short-term inpatient evaluation were successful for 96% of the participants in identifying maintaining reinforcers of aberrant behavior and leading to an 80% or greater reduction in aberrant behavior for 76% of the participants in an average of 10 days.

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Authors

  • Jennifer M Asmus

  • Joel E Ringdahl

  • Jennifer A Sellers

  • Nathan A Call

  • Marc S Andelman

  • David P Wacker

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