Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
Benjamin N. Witts
Eric H. Rudrud
Creative Commons License
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Keywords and Subject Headings
medical compliance, physical health exam, adults, developmental disabilities, behavioral techniques, shaping
Adults with developmental disabilities are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor general health status when compared to the general population (Sullivan et al., 2011). One of the main reasons is the lack of preventive health services within the developmental disabilities population (Yen et al., 2014). Many studies that have used behavioral treatment package to increase medical compliance involved children (Allen et al., 1992; Cuvo et al., 2010), but very few were with adults. The first purpose of the present study was to investigate the use of a behavioral treatment package that included modeling, choice-making, chaining and shaping with percentile schedules to increase physical health exam compliance in adults with developmental disabilities. The second purpose was to investigate whether or not carry-over effects were present across physical health exam components when training two physical health exam components simultaneously. Last, it evaluated whether generalization of physical health exam compliance occurred across time and settings. The present study found that the behavioral treatment package was successful in increasing physical health exam compliance in adults with developmental disabilities.
Arief, Nyimas Khairunnisa, "Establishing Techniques to Increase Physical Health Exam Compliance in Adults with Developmental Disabilities" (2016). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 14.