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dc.contributor.advisorPodlesnik, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorRajagopal, Sandhya
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-21T14:04:38Z
dc.date.available2017-08-21T14:04:38Z
dc.date.created2017-07
dc.date.issued2017-07
dc.date.submittedJuly 2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11141/1628
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) - Florida Institute of Technology, 2017en_US
dc.description.abstractRelapse of problem behavior following behavioral intervention can occur for many reasons, including a change in setting after treatment. Reappearance of a previously extinguished behavior due to a context change is termed renewal. Laboratory models have demonstrated renewal by training a target behavior in one stimulus context, extinguishing the behavior in another context, and testing for relapse in the training context, where the behavior remains in extinction. Basic-research studies of relapse have also shown that conditions of the treatment environment, such as reinforcement schedules, can affect the amount of relapse observed. Assuming that quality of the treatment context could have an impact on relapse, this translational study investigated whether an enriched treatment environment increases renewal. Child participants were exposed to an ABA sequence of contexts, signaled by color-coded (e.g., red-blue-red) stimuli. Reinforcement was provided for target responding in Context A, and the target response was under extinction conditions in Context B, and in a return to Context A. In Context B across conditions, high-preferred or low-preferred toys were present, representing a more enriched treatment context or a leaner treatment context, respectively. For one participant, greater relapse occurred following exposure to the enriched treatment context. For the other two participants, target responding was not eliminated when extinction contingencies were introduced. Possible explanations and implications will be discussed. Examining the effects of treatment conditions can provide a platform for understanding ways to decrease relapse following extinction-based treatments of problem behavior.en_US
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dc.subjectRenewalen_US
dc.subjectResurgenceen_US
dc.subjectReinforcementen_US
dc.subjectRelapseen_US
dc.subjectTranslational researchen_US
dc.subjectChildrenen_US
dc.titleEffects of Rich and Lean Treatment Contexts on Renewalen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.updated2017-07-21T16:22:39Z
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Applied Behavior Analysisen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineApplied Behavior Analysis & Organizational Behavior Managementen_US
thesis.degree.departmentBehavior Analysisen_US
thesis.degree.grantorFlorida Institute of Technologyen_US
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