College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Analysis Of Demand Conditions Associated With Stereotypy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1987

Publication Title

Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

ISSN

0005-7916

Volume

18

Issue/No.

1

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Possible escape/avoidance functions of stereotypic behavior were investigated in a classroom setting using functional academic tasks. A 6-year-old boy's stereotypic mouthing was assessed during (a) high vs low response activities, (b) familiar vs novel activities and (c) avoidance vs partial-avoidance conditions. Results showed that stereotypy occurred at higher rates during more difficult activities (i.e. those that were novel or required a greater number of responses), and when stereotypy was allowed to effect a delay in instructional demands. Treatment procedures based on these analyses were implemented by the classroom teacher and shown to be effective.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7916(87)90068-1