The effects of methylphenidate on a functional analysis of disruptive behavior: a replication and extension.

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (Abstracts) 38(1):125 (2005) PMID 15898483 PMCID PMC1224405

In the present investigation, a functional analysis of the disruptive behavior of a 18-year-old man who had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and moderate mental retardation was conducted, both when he was taking methylphenidate and when he was not taking the medication. The results of this functional analysis demonstrated that the participant's disruptive behaviors were reinforced by access to attention only when he was not taking methylphenidate.