Precursor behaviors to severe challenging behaviors

Devon Ramey*, Emma Craig, Ciara Gunning, Jennifer Holloway

*Corresponding author for this work

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Behaviors occur in chains. Upon analysis of a given challenging behavior, the response rarely occurs without the appearance of lesser problematic behaviors linked to the target behavior. In many instances these may also be viewed as maintaining behaviors. This chapter covers the literature on this topic, along with strategies on how to identify and treat these responses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of applied behavioral analysis: integrating research into practice
EditorsJohnny L. Matson
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2023

Publication series

Name Autism and Child Psychopathology Series (ACPS)
ISSN (Print)2192-922X
ISSN (Electronic)2192-9238


  • precursor behaviors
  • precursor assessments
  • precursor functional analysis
  • precursor-based treatment


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