The effectiveness of differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) with an extinction component was evaluated with two target behaviors with an adult with Smith Magenis Syndrome (SMS) residing in the community who displayed elopement and physical aggression. The intervention included DRO using a fixed-time schedule of reinforcement, paired with extinction when elopement and physical aggression occurred. DRO was demonstrated to be effective in reducing the target behaviors of elopement and physical aggression, resulting in a 79% reduction of elopement and 100% decrease in physical aggression in the group home. Currently, there is a significant need for research using behavioral interventions to decrease challenging behaviors in adults diagnosed with SMS, as very little has been published on this topic.
|Advisor:||Cumella, Edward J.|
|Commitee:||Chung, Natasha, Tischner, Jessica|
|Department:||School of Arts & Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Differential reinforcement of other behavior, Elopement, Extinction, Physical aggression, Smith magenis syndrome|
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