Social Validation of Applied Behavioral Research

A Selective Review and Critique
  • R. Wayne Fuqua
  • John Schwade
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Among the defining features of applied behavioral research is the emphasis on socially important behaviors and the insistence that treatment-produced changes in those behaviors be of practical value (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968). These criteria have been broadly embraced by applied researchers and practitioners. Despite the concern for social importance and clinical significance in applied research, a methodology to evaluate how much of these valued characteristics a behavioral intervention possesses has been slow in developing.


Treatment Goal Treatment Procedure Target Behavior Apply Behavior Analysis Treatment Acceptability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wayne Fuqua
    • 1
  • John Schwade
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Murdoch CenterButnerUSA

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