Facial screening: Effects on appropriate and inappropriate behaviors

Leslie E. Zegiob, Jack Jenkins, Judith Becker, Ann Bristow

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Facial screening involves covering the subject's face for a number of seconds contingent upon the occurrence of the target behavior. This technique was applied to a disruptive behavior (hand clapping) during a language training class, and its effects on appropriate verbal responses were also examined. The subject was a 7-yr-old schizophrenic boy. Facial screening suppressed hand clapping but had no effect on correct verbal responses. Positive reinforcement increased appropriate verbalizations but had no effect on hand clapping. Follow-up data collected at 6 months indicated that the treatment gains had been maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-357
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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