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 (ə-vûr′sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification.

a·ver′sive·ly adv.
a·ver′sive·ness n.


tending to dissuade or repel
aˈversively adv


(əˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv)

1. of or pertaining to aversion.
2. of or pertaining to aversive conditioning.
3. a reprimand, punishment, or agent used in aversive conditioning.
a•ver′sive•ly, adv.
a•ver′sive•ness, n.
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Adj.1.aversive - tending to repel or dissuade; "aversive conditioning"
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Positive behavioral interventions have been proven successful, there is no excuse for aversives in our schools.
Positive support training is needed, and law or no law, aversives are abusive and dehumanizing.
there is no law that says aversive interventions are or are not legal in Texas.
Harris, Handleman, Gill, and Fong (1991) conducted a related study investigating the relationship between use of aversives and job satisfaction in a sample of direct care staff working in programs serving individuals with autism.
What can behavior analysis learn from the aversives controversy?
The consequence can be the introduction of an aversive stimulus (i.
He refers to a system that relies on aversives to control antisocial behavior as a "culture of death," and describes a flexible, evidence-based strategy that includes concrete practical tools.
cards, security police) and aversive consequences in the hope of suppressing violence, vandalism and other antisocial behaviors (Sugai, Kameenui, & Colvin, 1993).
Their underlying ethical--and educational--premise is that alternative, less-intrusive methods of intervention are as effective as aversives without their negative side effects.
Trumbull County Board of Education, 1995), an Ohio appeals court reversed the dismissal of a teacher who employed aversives on limited occasions, including applying hot sauce to curb the "pica" behavior of a child with multiple disabilities.
Certainly the use of electric shock (Carr & Lovaas, 1983) or extraneous aversives, such as water mists or noxious smells (Bailey, 1983), might clearly be termed aversive, in the sense of causing discomfort to the individual.
The fact that the same behavior might act as a reinforcer in another situation would argue against including running in a general class of aversives.