The British Journal of Developmental Disabilities

Vol. 46, Part 1, January 2000, No. 90, 83-88

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THE POTENTIAL INFLUENCE OF FREQUENCY OF CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR ON TREATMENT: AN ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE

Summary

Studies dealing with the reduction of challenging behaviour, over a 10 year period, from six leading journals, were analysed. It was found that most studies deal with target behaviours more frequent than once a minute. This finding contrasts with the results of surveys that suggest most people with learning disabilities, who show challenging behaviours, do so less frequently than once a day. There was no clear relationship found between the use of punitive or non punitive interventions and the frequency of the target behaviour.

 

 

 

Simon Whitaker

BSc., PhD., Dip.Clinpsych., CPsychol.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist,

The Greenhead Resource Unit,

Princess Royal Health Centre,

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield HD1 4EW UK

Tel: 0044 (0) 1484 344225

and

The Learning Disability Research Unit,

The University of Huddersfield, UK

Tel: 0044 (0) 1484 473612