Self-injurious Behavior

Analysis, Assessment, and Treatment

  • James K. Luiselli
  • Johnny L. Matson
  • Nirbhay N. Singh

Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Virginia E. Fee, Johnny L. Matson
      Pages 3-20
    3. Willard L. Johnson, Robert M. Day
      Pages 21-56
  3. Etiology and Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Raymond G. Romanczyk, Stephanie Lockshin, Julia O’Connor
      Pages 93-121
    3. F. Charles Mace, Joseph S. Lalli, Michael C. Shea
      Pages 122-152
  4. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. David A. M. Pyles, Jon S. Bailey
      Pages 155-180
    3. Ron Van Houten, Ahmos Rolider, Mike Houlihan
      Pages 181-199
    4. Johannes Rojahn, Elaine C. Marshburn
      Pages 200-234
    5. James K. Luiselli
      Pages 235-268
    6. Thomas R. Linscheid
      Pages 269-292
    7. Stephen R. Schroeder, James K. Luiselli
      Pages 293-306
    8. Nirbhay N. Singh, Yadhu N. Singh, Cynthia R. Ellis
      Pages 307-351
    9. Walter P. Christian, Stephen C. Luce, Eric V. Larsson
      Pages 352-390
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 391-393

About this book


This volume addresses the topic of self-injurious behavior (SIB) in per­ sons with developmental disabilities. Among professionals and the lay public alike, there is little debate over the seriousness of self-injury, its detrimental effects, and the need for therapeutic intervention. At the same time, there are divergent views concerning its etiology and treat­ ment. Understanding the causes of self-injury, for example, requires an analysis of biological factors, socioenvironmental variables, communica­ tion competencies, and in complex clinical cases, the interrelationships among these influences. There is also uncertainty with regard to the function of self-injury. Put simply, why would people willingly inflict injury upon themselves? Finally, although there is little disagreement about the necessity to intervene for self-injury, clinicians do not make uniform therapeutic recommendations, and, in fact, considerable dif­ ferences in treatment selection are common. This fact is most apparent when one considers the ongoing controversy with regard to aversive and nonaversive programming. Our premise for this volume is that a greater understanding of self­ injurious behavior is dependent upon an empirical research base. Theories of causality must be conceptually valid and capable of being evaluated objectively. Treatment must be functionally determined, operationalized, and replicable across personnel and settings. For these reasons, we have assembled chapters by individuals who are experi­ enced clinicians and researchers in the fields of psychology, medicine, psychiatry, education, psychopharmacology, and developmental dis­ abilities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James K. Luiselli
    • 1
  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 2
  • Nirbhay N. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychological and Educational Resource AssociatesConcordUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryMedical College of VirginiaRichmondUSA

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