Effects of antecedent variables on disruptive behavior and accurate responding in young children in outpatient settings

Eric W. Boelter, David P. Wacker, Nathan A. Call, Joel E. Ringdahl, Todd Kopelman, Andrew W. Gardner

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The effects of manipulations of task variables on inaccurate responding and disruption were investigated with 3 children who engaged in noncompliance. With 2 children in an outpatient clinic, task directives were first manipulated to identify directives that guided accurate responding; then, additional dimensions of the task were manipulated to evaluate their influence on disruptive behavior. With a 3rd child, similar procedures were employed at school. Results showed one-step directives set the occasion for accurate responding and that other dimensions of the task (e.g., preference) functioned as motivating operations for negative reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007



  • Brief experimental analysis
  • Discriminative stimuli
  • Motivating operations
  • Noncompliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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