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J Appl Behav Anal. 1999 Winter;32(4):519-23.

The use of symmetrical "do" and "don't" requests to interrupt ongoing activities.

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Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.

Abstract

The results of a modified functional analysis demonstrated that aggression, displayed by a 27-year-old man, was occasioned by the use of "don't" requests to interrupt the client's ongoing and often inappropriate activities (e.g., lying on the floor, pica, inappropriate touching of others). Subsequent analyses demonstrated that aggression was lower when ongoing activities were interrupted with symmetrical "do" requests than with "don't" requests. An intervention utilizing symmetrical "do" requests (i.e., prompting an individual to engage in an incompatible behavior) to interrupt such activities resulted in reduced levels of aggression.

PMID:
10641305
PMCID:
PMC1284213
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.1999.32-519
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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