Applying the least restrictive alternative principle to treatment decisions: A legal and behavioral analysis

Behav Anal. 1993 Spring;16(1):103-15. doi: 10.1007/BF03392615.


The least restrictive alternative concept is widely used in mental health law. This paper addresses how the concept has been applied to treatment decisions. The paper offers both a legal and a behavioral analysis to some problems that have emerged in recent years concerning the selection of behavioral procedures used to change client behavior. The paper also offers ways of improving the application of the concept, which involve developing a more behaviorally functional perspective toward restrictiveness.