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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Michele R. Traub

Second Advisor

Benjamin N. Witts

Third Advisor

Kimberly A. Schulze

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

long-term, follow-up, maintenance, functional analysis, functional stability


Functional analysis (FA) has become one of the most relied-upon assessments within our field and is typically used to make treatment decisions. However, relatively little is known about the longevity of these treatments or how changes in behavioral function impact treatment success or maintenance. This study examined the long-term effects of FA-informed treatments, specifically the reported follow-up data and data regarding the stability of the function during and following treatment. Studies included in this review are those that used the results of an FA to identify and implement an appropriate treatment and that reported follow up data after termination of treatment. This study contributes to the literature in two important ways: first, it details the current trends in long-term follow up and the collection of longitudinal data on treatment outcomes, and second, it provides directions for future research on the stability of function over time and the implications of functional stability on treatment maintenance.



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