College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Effects of Stimulant Medication under Varied Motivational Operations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2009

Keywords

Motivating Operations; Stimulant Medication; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

ISSN

0021-8855

Volume

42

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

We evaluated the evocative effects of four conditions (high- and low-preference activities, low and divided attention) and stimulant medication on the behavior of a 16-year-old boy with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and moderate mental retardation. All behavior (activity engagement, activity changes, inappropriate touching, rude behaviors, and physical aggression) improved with stimulant medication in most conditions, but undesirable behaviors were not reduced to acceptable levels in all conditions. This finding suggests that stimulant medication may be a valuable adjunct to function-based interventions.

DOI

10.1901/jaba.2009.42-177