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    Derived Comparative and Transitive Relations in Young Children With and Without Autism


    Gorham, Marie and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Berens, Nicholas (2009) Derived Comparative and Transitive Relations in Young Children With and Without Autism. The Psychological record, 59 (2). pp. 221-246. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Abstract

    The current study comprised 2 experiments to generate relational responding in typically developing children and children with autism. In Study 1, the children were exposed to a problem-solving task that involved the presentation of 2, 3, or 4 identically sized coins to test and train the arbitrary relations of more than and less than. All 8 children failed baseline tests involving 4 coins and were exposed to training of the A-B, B-C, A-B-C, and A-B-C-D relations. Seven proceeded rapidly through training and passed tests with a novel set. They then participated in Study 2. Four typically developing children and 2 with autism failed baseline B-D tests. Although the former proceeded rapidly through B-D training with 4 and 5 coins, the latter required interventions. All 7 children thereafter demonstrated B-D relations with 4 and 5 coins. These findings support relational frame theory and its use in educational interventions with developmentally delayed populations.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Derived Comparative Relations; Transitive Relations; Young Children; Autism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4957
    Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 11:06
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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