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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Paper Session #20
Behavior Therapy for Families and Their Children
Sunday, May 29, 2016
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Crystal Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency, Green West
Area: CBM
Chair: Lihang He (Mississippi College)

Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behavior Family Therapy for Asian American Families of Children With Developmental Disabilities

Domain: Applied Research
LIHANG HE (Mississippi College)

The prevalence of children with developmental disabilities has been growing in the past ten years. As the Asian Americans becoming the fastest immigrant group recently, mental health services for Asian American families of children with developmental disabilities will be increasingly needed in the next 20 or 30 years. Families of children with developmental disabilities usually experience stress, grief, isolation, and other psychological symptoms. Asian American families may experience higher stress and other difficulties such as stigma due to their cultural background, discrimination, and different acculturation status. Studies of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), behavior parent training (BPT) and structural family therapy (SFT) to treat families of children with developmental disabilities will be analyzed thoroughly. Culturally sensitive approach for Asian American families will be explored by analyzing related studies implemented to this population. The integration of CBT, BPT, and SFT along with the culture considerations for Asian American families will be proposed by using the Developmental and Research Utilization Model (DRU).


Behavior Change in the Therapist's Office: A Methodological Consideration of Clinical Treatment and Service Delivery

Domain: Applied Research
PHILIP L. CONCORS (ABC Consultants at Rowan University), Karen M. Zeltman (ABC Consultants at Rowan University), Danielle Scott (Rowan University)

Behavior Analytic supports are typically delivered in the target environment within which problem behavior occurs. A triadic model of intervention is most common, whereby the clinician trains caregivers and educators on evidence-based intervention techniques as informed by a comprehensive behavior assessment. A dyadic model of treatment, characterized by the clinician directly implementing behavior-change interventions to the client, within an outpatient milieu, is less supported in the treatment literature. Potential confounds to successful outcomes within this model include questionable validity for observation of problem behavior, as well as limited generality of behavior change from clinic setting to home, school, or community environments. However, an outpatient clinic-based dyadic model of behavior intervention should be considered as a potentially viable method to effect meaningful behavior change for specific problems often addressed through the domain of Clinical Behavior Analysis. Three experimental analyses are considered: (1) Habit Reversal Training (HRT) was delivered to a female adolescent engaging in chronic eye-lash pulling; (2) Simplified Habit Reversal (SHR) treatment was provided to a 9-year-old male child engaging in repetitive, socially stigmatizing, hand movements; and, (3) Systematic Desensitization was implemented for a 6-year-old child displaying intense tantrum behavior in the presence of a dog.




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