Effects of Discrimination Abilities on Functional Analysis Outcomes: An Extension
AuthorFunk, Janie A.
AdvisorWilliams, W. Larry
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Despite established utility, functional analyses (FAs) have long been noted for limitations including inconclusive data as evident by the numerous modifications of the standard methodology since its development (Hagopian, Rooker, Jessel, & DeLeon, 2013). In some cases, undifferentiated data have been attributed to a deficit of discrimination skills of the individual (Hanley, Iwata, & McCord, 2003; Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, & Richman, 1982/1994). As such, Greenwald, Senuik, & Williams (2012) evaluated the extent to which conditional discrimination abilities affected participants’ differential responding during a FA. Conditional discrimination abilities were assessed by the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) developed by Kerr, Meyerson, and Flora in 1977. They concluded that individuals who were unable to make conditional discriminations were less likely to differentially in an FA. The current study replicated and extended Greenwald et al., 2012 to further evaluate the ABLA-R (DeWiele, Martin, Martin, Yu, & Thomson, 2010) as a worthwhile assessment to administer prior to a formal functional analysis.