By D. A. Begelman (auth.), Daniel M. Doleys Ph. D., Ronald L. Meredith Psy. D., Anthony R. Ciminero Ph. D. (eds.)

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In clinical settings it usually is used in conjunction with an escape-avoidance procedure. The aversive stimulus is delivered contingent on the target response. Inhibition of the target response then produces escape from the punishing stimulus. Sometimes, inhibition of the target response is produced by escape conditioning of an incompatible response. When the target response is inhibited and/or the incompatible response occurs instead of the target response, the patient avoids the aversive stimulus, and avoidance conditioning occurs.

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Endent variable used in clinical application of operant procedures is response rate. Rate is usually based on a sample of response frequency during a specified' ti~e .. The clinician should articulate different response strength measures that might be useful with some rate measure if possible. This approach is especially important when a procedure or response described in the literature is applied in different clinical circumstances. Intensity of a response is sometimes more important clinically than freque~~y.

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