Clinical outcomes of behavioral treatments for elopement in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

Nathan A. Call, Jessica P. Alvarez, Christina A. Simmons, Joanna E. Lomas Mevers, Mindy C. Scheithauer

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Abstract

The external validity of behavioral treatments for elopement (i.e. leaving supervision without permission) remains unclear because studies to date include only small samples (n = 1-3). This study quantified the overall effectiveness of behavioral treatments for elopement by retrospectively examining treatment data from all patients seen for the treatment of elopement at an intensive day treatment clinic (n = 11), irrespective of treatment success. Reductions in elopement from baseline to the final treatment for each participant demonstrate that behavioral intervention is a highly effective treatment for elopement, as determined by the large effect size (Cohen's d = 1.18).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-379
Number of pages5
JournalAutism
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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