Incorporating "motivation" into the functional analysis of challenging behavior - On the interactive and integrative potential of the motivating operation

Langthorne, Paul and McGill, Peter and O'Reilly, Mark F. (2007) Incorporating "motivation" into the functional analysis of challenging behavior - On the interactive and integrative potential of the motivating operation. Behavior Modification, 31 (4). pp. 466-487. ISSN 0145-4455 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Sensitivity theory attempts to account for the variability often observed in challenging behavior by recourse to the "aberrant motivation" of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this article, we suggest that a functional analysis based on environmental (challenging environments) and biological (challenging needs) motivating operations provides a more parsimonious and empirically grounded account of challenging behavior than that proposed by sensitivity theory. It is argued that the concept of the motivating operation provides a means of integrating diverse strands of research without the undue inference of mentalistic constructs. An integrated model of challenging behavior is proposed, one that remains compatible with the central tenets of functional analysis

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: motivating operations; functional analysis; challenging behavior; variability; biobehavioral analysis; sensitivity theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 13:19
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 13:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2851 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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