Assessing the effectiveness of a DRA versus DRA with an activity schedule procedure on the reduction of problem behaviour

Virginia Giménez-Ferrero, Katerina Dounavi

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    Abstract

    Differential Reinforcement of Alternative behaviour (DRA) (Athens & Vollmer, 2010; Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007) is a procedure that consists in withholding reinforcement for the targeted inappropriate behaviour while reinforcing behaviours, i.e., that have the same function, but socially more acceptable topographies. DRA has repeatedly proven to be effective in reducing problem behaviours in individuals with autism (Campbell, 2003). On the other hand, a number of single-subject research studies have provided evidence for the use of activity schedules as a means to decrease aggressive behaviour (Dooley et al., 2001; Flannery & Hemer, 1994; Lalli, Casey, Goh, & Merlinoet al., 1994). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of DRA in combination with the use of an activity schedule. We compared the impact of the visual activities schedule used in combination with a DRA procedure versus the impact of the DRA procedure used alone on problem behaviour of a boy diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. An alternating treatments design was used to compare the rate of behaviour problems in each of the two treatment conditions. DRA was delivered as treatment A, while the combination of the activities schedule and DRA was treatment B.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2014
    Event7th Conference of European Association for Behavior Analysis - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 10 Sep 201413 Sep 2014

    Conference

    Conference7th Conference of European Association for Behavior Analysis
    CountrySweden
    CityStockholm
    Period10/09/201413/09/2014

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    Giménez-Ferrero, V., & Dounavi, K. (2014). Assessing the effectiveness of a DRA versus DRA with an activity schedule procedure on the reduction of problem behaviour. Poster session presented at 7th Conference of European Association for Behavior Analysis, Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.europeanaba.org/events/submission/7/63