Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Yori Gidron
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1359-2


Applied behavior analysis (ABA) reflects a systematic description and implementation of a therapeutic intervention to change a given behavior, based on the principles of the science of learning and behavior (Sulzer-Azaroff and Mayer 1991). This process involves an analytic investigation of various triggers that determine and modulate behavior. The determinants are usually environmental and include cues, reinforcements, or punishments, and these are time-linked to observed behavioral responses. This is often done in clinical psychopathological studies but has also been used to investigate behavior at the workplace.

One area where ABA has been extensively used is the study and treatment of autism (Vismara and Rogers 2010). Interventions in developmental disorders would, for example, include an initial analysis of existing behavior as a function of its environmental modulators (e.g., aggression in a child with developmental disorders, in response to a material trigger or...

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References and Further Readings

  1. Hammond, J. L., & Hall, S. S. (2011). Functional analysis and treatment of aggressive behavior following resection of a craniopharyngioma. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53, 369–374.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Mayer, R. (1991). Behavior analysis for lasting change. Fort Worth: Holt, Reinhart & Winston.Google Scholar
  3. Vismara, L. A., & Rogers, S. J. (2010). Behavioral treatments in autism spectrum disorder: What do we know? Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 27, 447–468.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SCALabLille 3 University and Siric OncollileLilleFrance