Descriptive analyses of caregiver reprimands

Kimberly N. Sloman, Timothy R. Vollmer, Nicole M. Cotnoir, Carrie S.W. Borrero, John C. Borrero, Andrew L. Samaha, Claire C. St. Peter

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We conducted descriptive observations of 5 individuals with developmental disabilities and severe problem behavior while they interacted with their caregivers in either simulated environments (an inpatient hospital facility) or in their homes. The focus of the study was on caregiver reprimands and child problem behavior. Thus, we compared the frequency of problem behavior that immediately preceded a caregiver reprimand to that immediately following a caregiver reprimand, and the results showed that the frequency of problem behavior decreased following a reprimand. It is possible that caregiver reprimands are negatively reinforced by the momentary attenuation of problem behavior, and the implications for long- and short-term effects on caregiver behavior are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Descriptive analysis
  • Problem behavior
  • Reprimands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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