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

Langthorne, Paul, McGill, Peter, 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. (doi:10.1177/0145445506298424) (KAR id:2851)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0145445506298424
Uncontrolled keywords: motivating operations; functional analysis; challenging behavior; variability; biobehavioral analysis; sensitivity theory
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: 25 Apr 2008 13:19 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 09:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2851 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McGill, Peter: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2796-8284
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