Harry Foxx Case Study

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1) What symptoms did Harry have, even in infancy, that would suggest he had problems? The symptoms Harry illustrated was self-abuse. However Some of the self-abusive behaviors that Harry revealed was skin picking until he bled, hitting himself, biting, and smashing his face and nose with his fist or his knees. In Harrys infancy stage his mother had to place mailing tubes over his arms to prevent him from hitting his face with his fist.

2) What ethical concerns about the treatment of Harry might have been troubling to the IRB of the hospital in which he was being treated? The ethical concerns about the treatment of Harry was troubling to the IRB of the hospital in which he was being treated at was the way Dr. Foxx ran his treatment with harry. Dr. Foxx’s treatment consisted of negative consequences. In his modification treatment he used three levels. Level one was a time out where if harry started to self-abuse he was not allowed to have his restraints and they would leave the room, Level two Dr. Foxx and his colleagues would physically restrain Harrys Body, and if Level one or Two did not work they would move to Level three electric shock, and shock his arms for self-abusing” consequences are events that maintain a behavior in some way, either by increasing or decreasing it ( Corey pg 238)”. In level one Dr. Foxx uses a negative …show more content…

Operant conditioning is a type of learning process where the strength of a client’s behavior is modified by reinforcement or punishment. Dr. Foxx’s work with Harry is an example of operant conditioning because of the techniques he used with different levels of consequences, for example time out and physical reinforcements. With that being said Dr. Foxx used Harrys restraints as both positive and negative reinforcements. In addition, some of the examples Dr. Foxx used to work with Harrys problem behavior

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