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J Appl Behav Anal. 2012 Fall;45(3):585-91. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-585.

Functional analysis of inappropriate social interactions in students with Asperger's syndrome.

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  • 1Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Abstract

We analyzed the inappropriate social interactions of 3 students with Asperger's syndrome whose behavior was maintained by social positive reinforcement. We tested whether inappropriate social behavior was sensitive to social positive reinforcement contingencies and whether such contingencies could be reversed to increase the probability of socially appropriate responding. Our results show that social positive reinforcers can be identified for inappropriate social interactions and that appropriate social behaviors can be sensitive to reinforcement contingency reversals.

KEYWORDS:

Asperger's syndrome; autism spectrum disorder; functional analysis; social interaction; social skills

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23060671
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PMCID:
PMC3469297
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