Establishing operations: Implications for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior

McGill, P. (1999) Establishing operations: Implications for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 32 (3). pp. 393-418. ISSN 0021-8855. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper seeks to integrate Michael's (1982, 1933) discussion of the concept of the establishing operation (EO) with existing conceptual and empirical analyses of problem behavior in people with developmental disabilities. The paper begins with a summary of Michael (1993), which seeks to describe his concept of the EO and place it briefly in historical context. The role of EOs in evoking and establishing motivation for problem behavior is considered in some derail. A case is made for the greater consideration of EOs in the functional analysis of problem behavior, and specific suggestions for detecting the operation of conditioned establishing operations are offered. Turning to treatment, the paper considers the role played by EOs in existing procedures and discusses the development of treatment strategies that seek to modify EOs, extinguish EOs, and modify the responses evoked by EOs. Finally, consideration is given to the implications of EOs for the more systemic treatment and prevention of problem behavior.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: I.T. Ekpo
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2009 09:35
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2009 09:35
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16929 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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