A molecular to molar analysis of communicative and problem behaviors

Chris Oliver*, Scott Hall, Julie Nixon

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Few studies have examined the relationship between communicative and problem behaviors that are already present in a behavioral repertoire. In this study, a detailed microanalysis of the antecedents and consequences of aggressive and communicative behavior of a 7-year-old boy was conducted. By using both descriptive and experimental methodologies, the data suggested that problem and communicative behavior were maintained on thin concurrent schedules of social negative reinforcement. A molar analysis of the descriptive data showed that the relative amount of time allocated to each behavior was a function of the relative amount of reinforcement that each behavior accrued. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of conducting descriptive analyses and for enhancing the efficacy of interventions for problem behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-213
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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