Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Ethical Considerations

The Association for Behavior Analysis International expects its members to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional behavior in the conduct of their work and the advancement of behavior analysis. ABAI embraces the diversity of professions within its membership; thus, each ABAI member should adhere to the ethical standards that have been defined for their profession. ABAI's code of ethics statement (above) was accepted by the Full members of ABAI in 2007.

Ethics Codes

Position Statements by ABAI Executive Council Related to Ethical Conduct and Human Rights

ABAI Policies

Client Rights

Other Position Statements and Resolutions

Foundational Readings

  • Stolz, S. B. & Associates (1978). Ethical issues in behavior modification: Report of the American Psychological Association Commission. Jossey-Bass, Inc.
  • Hawkins, R. P. (1974). Who decided that was the problem. Two stages of responsibility for applied behavior analysts. In W. S. Woods (Ed.) Issues in evaluating behavior modification: Proceedings of the first Drake conference on professional issues in behavior analysis (pp. 195-214). Research Press.
  • Association for Advancement of Behavioral Therapy (1997). Ethical issues for human services. Reprinted in Martin, G. & Pear, J. (2019). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (11th Ed.). Routledge (p. 326)

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