School-wide PBIS: An Example of Applied Behavior Analysis Implemented at a Scale of Social Importance


School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an example of applied behavior analysis implemented at a scale of social importance. In this paper, PBIS is defined and the contributions of behavior analysis in shaping both the content and implementation of PBIS are reviewed. Specific lessons learned from implementation of PBIS over the past 20 years are summarized.

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This research was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs US Department of Education (H326S980003). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the US Department of Education, and such endorsements should not be inferred.

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Horner, R.H., Sugai, G. School-wide PBIS: An Example of Applied Behavior Analysis Implemented at a Scale of Social Importance. Behav Analysis Practice 8, 80–85 (2015).

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  • Positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • Whole-school social culture
  • Applied behavior analysis