College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Effects of Community and Center-Based Settings on Alertness of Persons with Profound Mental Retardation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1993

Keywords

Setting Events; Profound Disabilities; Activity; Alertness

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

ISSN

0021-8855

Volume

26

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

We studied effects of different settings on the behavior of persons with profound mental retardation. Adaptive (alert) and nonadaptive behaviors were observed in two community settings and a center setting. Results of the descriptive assessment showed that participants engaged in a higher percentage of adaptive behaviors and a lower percentage of nonadaptive behaviors in the “high stimulation” community setting. The results are discussed in light of environmental setting events on persons with profound mental retardation.

DOI

10.1901/jaba.1993.26-401