Functional analysis and treatment of inappropriate sexual behavior

Christie E. Fyffe, Sung Woo Kahng, Ellen Fittro, David Russell

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The results of a functional analysis showed that inappropriate sexual behaviors exhibited by a 9-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury were maintained by positive reinforcement in the form of social attention. An intervention consisting of functional communication training and extinction resulted in reduced levels of inappropriate sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Functional analysis
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Traumatic brain injury


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