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ERIC Number: EJ882171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1539-4352
ABA and PBS: The Dangers in Creating Artificial Dichotomies in Behavioral Intervention
Weiss, Mary Jane; DelPizzo-Cheng, Eliza; LaRue, Robert H.; Sloman, Kimberly
Behavior Analyst Today, v10 n3-4 p428-439 2009
In recent years, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the definition and independence of Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) within the context of behavioral intervention. Specifically, behavior analysts have argued over whether PBS is subsumed within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or whether it can be considered a separate discipline. Proponents of separatism have cited PBS's emphasis on quality of life, normalization and consumer choice. Proponents of integration have noted that the science of behavior underlies all of ABA and PBS, that PBS can be considered an evolution of the field of ABA, and that philosophical differences should not obscure science and history. In this article, the dangers of divergence beyond such philosophical debate are discussed. In addition, the ramifications of divergence for consumers and other stakeholders are reviewed. The authors note that goals are less likely to be achieved in the climate of divisiveness, and urge behavior analysts to consider the benefits of an expanded and unified definition of our science.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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