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Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

Issues and Advances

  • Alan Poling
  • R. Wayne Fuqua

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Richard W. Malott
    Pages 1-6
  3. Alan Poling, Deborah Grossett
    Pages 7-27
  4. James M. Johnston, H. S. Pennypacker
    Pages 29-54
  5. James M. Johnston, H. S. Pennypacker
    Pages 55-83
  6. Terry J. Page, Brian A. Iwata
    Pages 99-126
  7. Barry S. Parsonson, Donald M. Baer
    Pages 157-186
  8. Bradley E. Huitema
    Pages 187-208
  9. Bradley E. Huitema
    Pages 209-232
  10. Nancy A. Neef, Brian A. Iwata, Terry J. Page
    Pages 233-263
  11. R. Wayne Fuqua, John Schwade
    Pages 265-292
  12. Robert G. Brown Jr.
    Pages 293-298
  13. Elbert Blakely, Alan Poling, Jeffrey Cross
    Pages 313-330
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 331-337

About this book

Introduction

The branch of clinical psychology known as behavior modification or, synonymously, applied behavior analysis, has grown substantially from humble beginnings in the 1960s. Many colleges and universities now offer courses in applied behavior analysis, and more than a few grant degrees in the area. Although they remain controversial, behavior mod­ ification procedures have been used to good advantage in dealing with a range of problem behaviors and are now rather widely employed in schools, residential institutions, and other therapeutic facilities. The two hallmarks of applied behavior analysis are utilization of the principles of operant conditioning to improve human behavior and utilization of scientific research methodology to assess the effectiveness of treatments. The present text provides an overview of several issues peculiar to applied behavior analysis research methodology. Six general areas of concern are (a) trends in applied behavior analysis research, (b) assessment and measurement issues, (c) experimental designs and strategies, (d) interpretation of findings, (e) ethical issues in applied behavior analysis, and (f) the societal impact of studies in the area. As evidenced by a sizable number of recently published articles, these topics are of considerable interest to behavior analysts. They also are relevant for students of scientific epistemology and general psychological research methods.

Keywords

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapeut assessment behavior behavior analysis clinical psychology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Poling
    • 1
  • R. Wayne Fuqua
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-8786-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-8788-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-8786-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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