Definition, Classification, and Taxonomy

  • Virginia E. Fee
  • Johnny L. Matson
Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)


Self-injury is a topic currently receiving a great deal of attention from psychologists, educators, and others who work with developmentally disabled persons. Through all of this activity, some tentative conclusions have emerged. For example, self-injurious behavior (SIB) is a modifiable condition, and epidemiological data are available concerning the incidence and characteristics of those who self-injure (see Gorman-Smith & Matson, 1985; Schroeder, Schroeder, Rojahn, & Mulick, 1981). Although results have been encouraging, an evaluation of the literature suggests a multitude of avenues for investigators to follow. One such avenue, the definition and classification of SIB, is the focus of this chapter.


Mental Retardation Pervasive Developmental Disorder Apply Behavior Analysis Normal Infant Retarded Individual 
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