Treatment of multiply controlled destructive behavior with food reinforcement

John D. Adelinis, Cathleen C. Piazza, Han Leong Goh

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We evaluated the extent to which the positive reinforcement of communication would reduce multiply controlled destructive behavior in the absence of relevant extinction components. When edible reinforcement for appropriate communication and nonfood reinforcers for problem behavior were available simultaneously, responding was allocated almost exclusively toward the behavior that produced edible reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Concurrent schedules
  • Differential reinforcement
  • Establishing operations
  • Multiple control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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