Duration of negative practice and the reduction of leg pounding of a traumatically brain‐injured adult

Frank D. Lewis, William F. Blackerby, Janet Rainwater Ross, Mark L. Guth, Ronald F. Cronkey, Melvin J. White, Tina Cook

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Abstract

This study evaluated the relative efficacy of long (1 minute) and short (15 seconds) durations of negative practice for reducing self‐stimulatory leg pounding of a traumatically brain‐injured adult. In individual social skill training classes, long negative practice and short negative practice were administered concurrently in an alternating treatments design. Generalization of treatment effects outside of training sessions was assessed during the client's lunch period. The results revealed that both durations of negative practice were equally effective in reducing leg pounding during training sessions. However, the effects of training did not generalize to settings in which the practice contingency was not enforced. Pounding was more frequent and negative practice somewhat less effective during periods of high social stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-274
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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