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

McGill, Peter (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. (doi:10.1901/jaba.1999.32-393.) (KAR id:16929)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1901/jaba.1999.32-393.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter McGill
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2009 09:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:54 UTC
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