Gene-environment interactions and the functional analysis of challenging behaviour in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

McGill, Peter and Langthorne, Paul (2011) Gene-environment interactions and the functional analysis of challenging behaviour in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 11 (1). pp. 20-25. ISSN 1942-0722. (Full text available)

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Abstract

It is argued that an approach characterised by either genetic or environmental determinism fails to adequately describe the contingencies involved in the evocation and maintenance of challenging behaviors in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Instead, challenging behavior should be considered as a result of the interaction of genetic and environmental variables. This argument is illustrated through a conceptual model for the development of challenging behaviour and recently gathered data on differences in the functions of challenging behavior in children with different genetic syndromes. The findings are further discussed in the context of a developmental systems model, in which neither the influence of genetic nor environmental contributions can be fully understood without taking account of the other. This expanded model may hold important implications for the understanding of challenging behavior.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Intellectual and developmental disability, challenging behavior, functional analysis, gene-environment interaction, developmental systems
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 Mental handicap and social care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter McGill
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2012 20:00
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 13:28
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31330 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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