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ERIC Number: ED146465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 31
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Recent Litigation and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Boswell, Craig
From the surge of recent litigation it appears that the civil rights movement has at last discovered another oppressed minority. Traditionally, society and the courts have ignored mental patients during their institutional confinement. Particular attention has been paid to the newly emerging concepts of rights to treatment, least restrictive alternative, and the right to refuse treatment. The recent concern about the abuse of behavior modification or applied behavior analysis, which is intended to strengthen adaptive behavior and weaken maladaptive behavior by properly structuring the patient's physical and social environment, is under close scrutiny from civil rights advocates and the judicial system. The purpose of this critical review is to survey some of the salient litigation related to the area of behavior change. Emphasis will be concerned with the involuntarily confined mentally deficient individuals. The review will cite and discuss some of the most recent landmark decisions in the judicial sphere, definitions of applied behavior analysis as they relate to a behavior change model, implications of legal decisions to applied behavior analysis and finally a stepwise flow chart indicating the most astute manner to program a behavior change. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 11-14, 1977)