Functional analysis and treatment of inappropriate verbal behavior.

@article{Dixon2001FunctionalAA,
  title={Functional analysis and treatment of inappropriate verbal behavior.},
  author={Mark R. Dixon and Heim Benedict and Thomas D. Larson},
  journal={Journal of applied behavior analysis},
  year={2001},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={
          361-3
        }
}
The present study examined the possible function of inappropriate verbal behavior of an adult man who had been diagnosed with both mental retardation and psychosis. Results of a functional analysis indicated that inappropriate verbal utterances were maintained by attention. An intervention consisting of the differential reinforcement of appropriate verbal behavior effectively reduced the inappropriate behavior. 

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