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The relationship between functional assessment and treatment selection for aggressive behaviors.
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PMID:  8210604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Functional assessment seeks to elucidate the variables controlling a maladaptive behavior. Based on such an assessment, effective treatments can be designed that focus on replacing that maladaptive behavior with a functionally equivalent adaptive prosocial behavior. This technique has been promoted as an effective means of improving treatments by increasing the focus on skill development and reducing the use of aversive and restrictive procedures. The literature for the behavioral treatment of aggression for persons with mental retardation or developmental delays was examined from 1979 through 1990. During that period the use of functional assessment and skill training increased; however, the increased use of functional assessment did not result in the reduced use of intrusive procedures. Potential reasons for these results are discussed, and a call for an increased emphasis on functional assessment methodology is made.
M G Hile; M N Desrochers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in developmental disabilities     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0891-4222     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Dev Disabil     Publication Date:    1993 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-17     Completed Date:  1993-11-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709782     Medline TA:  Res Dev Disabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  265-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Missouri Institute of Mental Health, St. Louis 63139-1494.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology*
Aversive Therapy
Behavior Therapy*
Education of Mentally Retarded*
Social Behavior Disorders / psychology,  therapy*
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