The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 31–49 | Cite as

Altering the Function of Commands Presented to Boys with Oppositional and Hyperactive Behavior

  • Jeffrey S. Danforth


Mentalistic and behavioral analyses of noncompliance among children with hyperactive behavior are contrasted. Then, a behavioral training program for 3 boys with behavior characteristic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder is described. The child-focused training was conducted in conjunction with parent training. In an effort to increase the rate of compliance, the child-training program was designed to alter the function of parent commands by teaching the boys to verbalize rules about parent commands and consequences in the context of observing parent-child role-plays. Training was conducted within a multiple baseline design across children. Direct observation of mother-child interactions, telephone interviews, and standardized rating scales showed that training resulted in clinically significant reductions in noncompliance and improved parenting behavior. A 6-month follow-up revealed stable outcomes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA

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