USE OF COMPONENT ANALYSES TO IDENTIFY ACTIVE VARIABLES IN TREATMENT PACKAGES FOR CHILDREN WITH FEEDING DISORDERS

Linda J. Cooper, David P. Wacker, Jennifer J. McComas, Kimberly Brown, Stephanie M. Peck, David Richman, Janet Drew, Pam Frischmeyer, Thomas Millard

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Abstract

We evaluated the separate components in treatment packages for food refusal of 4 young children. First, treatment packages were implemented until food acceptance improved. Next, a component analysis was conducted within a multielement or reversal design to identify the active components that facilitated food acceptance. The results indicated that escape extinction was always identified as an active variable when assessed; however, other variables, including positive reinforcement and noncontingent play, were also identified as active variables for 2 of the children. The results suggest that the component analysis was useful for identifying variables that affected food acceptance. 1995 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-153
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • component analysis of treatment
  • food refusal
  • young children

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