Some Factors Limiting the Applicability of Applied Behavioral Research
Despite recent controversy about the status and goals of applied behavior analysis research (e.g., Azrin, 1977; Baer, 1981; Deitz, 1978; Hayes, Rincover, & Solnick, 1980), most researchers hope that applied behavioral research might prove directly or indirectly applicable to the prevention and/or remediation of human problems. Thus, there is at least some expectation that research findings or conceptual understandings derived from that research will be applicable beyond the subjects, settings, and behaviors of the original research. The purpose of this article is to discuss some factors that may limit effective application of applied behavior analysis research and to suggest how these limitations might be overcome.
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