Behavioral momentum in the treatment of escape-motivated stereotypy.

  title={Behavioral momentum in the treatment of escape-motivated stereotypy.},
  author={F Charles Mace and Piero Belfiore},
  journal={Journal of applied behavior analysis},
  volume={23 4},
Descriptive and experimental analyses of stereotypy by a woman with severe mental retardation showed that the behavior was maintained by escape from demands. A sequence of high-probability requests issued immediately prior to a task-related request established a momentum of compliance that increased compliance with task-related demands. Increases in compliance were accompanied by collateral reductions in stereotypic behavior. A mechanism of response covariation, called functional… CONTINUE READING


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