Abstract # 6243 Event # 142:

Scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 03:00 PM-03:15 PM: (Cascade H) Oral Presentation


ASSESSING ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR: MEASUREMENT SCALES DEVELOPED BY THE BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT CONSORTIUM

K. Coleman1, K. C. Baker2, M. A. Bloomsmith3, M. A. Fahey4, C. K. Lutz5, B. McCowan6, P. J. Pierre7, C. M. Escabi Ruiz8, J. L. Weed9 and J. M. Worlein10
1Oregon National Primate Research Center, 505 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006, USA, 2Tulane National Primate Research Center, 3Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 4New England National Primate Research Center, 5Southwest National Primate Research Center, 6California National Primate Research Center, 7Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, 8Caribbean Primate Research Center, 9Center for Disease Control, 10Washington National Primate Research Center
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     The Behavioral Management Consortium (BMC) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group comprised of the heads of behavioral management at the 8 National Primate Research Centers and other large facilities housing nonhuman primates. This group was established to strengthen communications and facilitate sharing of information and best practices across institutions, both within and beyond the member facilities. An important step towards achieving this goal is to standardize terminology and assessment tools relevant to behavioral management. Such standardization is a critical component to facilitate data sharing and communication across institutions, particularly with respect to abnormal behavior, a topic approached with surprisingly little uniformity. Pursuant to this goal, the BMC has developed a “Self Injurious Behavior Scale”, which categorizes bouts of self-injurious behavior. This 5-point scale has two categories for non-injurious (i.e., do not cause wounding) incidents-- those that involve self-biting and those that are the result of a behavior other than biting (e.g., head banging). The other three categories are based on the severity of the wound (i.e., mild, moderate, severe). In addition, the BMC developed an “Abnormal Behavior Ethogram” to provide common definitions for abnormal behaviors (e.g., floating limb, pace, spin, etc). Having these shared assessment tools and definitions has fostered communication and allowed cross-center collaborative studies aimed at minimizing the development and improving the treatment of abnormal behavior.