Volume 13, Issue 2 (1984)
Positive Reinforcement and Logical Consequences in the Treatment of Classroom Encopresis
Mark A. Lyon
ABSTRACT: An eight-year-old boy with a diagnosis of mild mental retardation was successfully treated for encopresis. A combination of positive reinforcement procedures for continence and logical consequences for soiling was effective in reducing encopresis from an 30 percent rate during baseline to complete continence during the final phase of treatment and follow-up. An ABCDA design with a decelerating rate of reinforcement was utilized to assess treatment efficacy. Several positive outcomes of treatment were observed and are discussed in terms of their implications for future interventions.
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