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ERIC Number: EJ793616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1098-3007
It May Be Nonaversive, but Is It a Positive Approach? Relevant Questions to Ask throughout the Process of Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
Weiss, Nancy R.; Knoster, Tim
Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, v10 n1 p72-78 2008
It is important for people involved in the art and science of behavior change to reflect on the ethical issues inherent in this work. Simply because interventions are not inhumane or disrespectful does not, by default, make them person-centered or examples of positive behavior support. It is recommended that a series of questions be thoughtfully addressed when a functional behavior assessment is conducted and subsequent interventions and supports are designed. Specifically, the following questions should be considered: (a) Does the person have opportunities to express opinions and to control his or her life through meaningful choices?; (b) What needs does the person address through his or her problem behavior?; (c) How will the assessor's actions positively influence the person's quality of life?; (d) How have the people who know and care about the person participated in the process?; (e) How will the approach that is used affect the people implementing these procedures and others?; (f) Would one use the interventions selected with a family member or friend?; and (g) How will the behavioral interventions minimize the likelihood of crisis? Asking these questions can help to assure that behavioral interventions enhance the quality of people's lives and can help to reduce the emergence of crisis situations.
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Language: English
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