Date of Award
Master of Science
Instr and Curr Leadership
James N Meindl
Robert L Williamson
Neal D Miller
The primary goal of this study was to investigate the correlation between environmental stimuli (e.g., barometric pressure) and aggressive behaviors emitted by an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, the researcher measured barometric pressure with a data-logging instrument (designed and built by the primary researcher) in a ¬clinical setting where adults with ASD and challenging high-intensity behaviors (e.g. self-injurious behavior and physical aggression) reside. Relationships between the selected variables were examined quantitatively using binary logistic regression in an effort to statistically analyze if the environmental conditions might be a setting event for aggressive behaviors for the participant studied. Outcomes of this study indicated that barometric pressure did not influence aggressive behavior for the participant studied at the alpha < .05 significance level. Limitations and suggestions for future research are provided.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Justice, William V. III, "Barometric Pressure And Aggressive Behavior: A Correlational Case Study" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 783.