Effects of Stimulant Medication under Varied Motivational Operations
Motivating Operations; Stimulant Medication; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
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.
Mace, F. C.,
Prager, K. L.,
(2009). Effects of Stimulant Medication under Varied Motivational Operations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42(1), 177-183.
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