The Social Relevance of Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychological Intervention Strategies

  • Waris Ishaq
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


This current volume of issues in behavior therapy is a response to the crises of our times. Some of the problems we face endanger our planet and the survival of all living organisms—humans, animals, plants. At the very least, these problems place our well-being at risk:
  • The threat of a nuclear holocaust and an eternal winter. This will remain until we stop making, testing, and buying and selling nuclear weapons.

  • Pollution. Shrinking rain forests. Holes in the ozone layer. Even sunbathing has become a health hazard. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which are getting through the ozone layer, can cause skin cancer.

  • Substance abuse and dependency.

  • The law-and-order crisis. Drug-related killings and the rate of crime in general that keeps going up, up, all the time. Small wonder that Americans, calling TV stations and writing to newspapers, overwhelmingly have supported Singapore’s public caning of an American teenager for vandalism and theft.

  • Poverty and homelessness. The United States, a nation among the richest in the world and the only superpower, has more homeless people than anywhere in the industrialized West.

  • The decline of educational standards, the dropout epidemic; broken homes, juvenile delinquency, and teenage pregnancies. And now acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the most merciless killer we have known.


Mental Health Professional Operant Conditioning Applied Behavior Analysis Negative Reinforcement Behavior Analyst 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Waris Ishaq
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.Mental Health Paraprofessionals Training DivisionPacific Behavior Sciences CenterEugeneUSA

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