Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #317
CE Offered: BACB
Using Celeration to Examine Police Killing and Crimes Against Humanity
Sunday, May 26, 2019
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Cuvee
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: Kent A. Corso (Xcelerate Innovations, LLC)
Discussant: Mark P. Groskreutz (Southern Connecticut State University)
CE Instructor: Kent A. Corso, Psy.D.

The authors use the standard celeration chart to examine behavioral phenomenon that are not only underappreciated in behavior analysis, but in America more generally. Police suicide and killing and nefarious behaviors including terrorist attacks, hate crimes and school shootings have unfortunately become commonplace in America. But the application of science to analyzing these is far less common, making solutions to these elusive. While newspapers print trends of various crimes against humanity, these are not always listed in the most helpful and accurate terms for understanding what story the data are telling. One paper examines recent trends in use of force and people killed by police. An update is offered regarding current acceleration or deceleration rates of people killed by police and law enforcement officers who have died via suicide. The second paper depicts a more meaningful depiction of trends in school shootings, hate crimes and terrorist attacks to help convey a more cogent conclusion about these phenomenon. By applying behavior analysis to these phenomenon, there is potential for the field of ABA to develop solutions. The authors use celeration to understand and interpret these trends over the last several years. Broader implications of these trends and possible solutions are discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): celeration, hate crimes, law enforcement, school shootings
Target Audience:

The audience is intermediate to advanced ABA practitioners.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the trends in police killing. 2. Explain why analyzing the trend of a behavior in celeration has advantages to analyzing the rate. 3. Use celeration trends to make new meaning out of data on crimes against humanity.
Examining Law Enforcement Through a Behavior Analytic Lens
(Applied Research)
AMY D. WIECH (Autism Behavior Consulting)
Abstract: Behavior analysts must remind the world that journalism is not SCIENCE. It breeds bias! By misleading the world with statistics and fake news, they are fueling a crisis that puts our law enforcement officers and country at increased risk. In 2015, Miller suggested that less than 1.5% of police-citizen encounters result in Use of Force (UOF) and media reports highlight these incidents and give attention to those 1.5% of encounters, especially those that result in death (Miller, 2015). The purpose of this presentation is to examine recent trends in use of force and people killed by police. An update is presented on acceleration or deceleration of people killed by police, and law enforcement officers who have died by suicide. The authors suggest behavior analytic solutions to improving officer health and wellness, and relations between police and the broader community, while recommending methods to help law enforcement bolster its field with ABA. This presenter will encourage behavior analysts to disseminate behavior analysis to law enforcement agencies in their regions and contribute to this much needed area by partnering with police agencies in their region or locale. Paths for behavior analysts to support the field of law enforcement will be proposed.

Using Celeration to Examine Crimes Against Humanity

(Applied Research)
KENT A. CORSO (Xcelerate Innovations, LLC), Abigail B. Calkin (Calkin Consulting Center), James Meador (Graduate student), Michael Kondis (Xcelerate Innovations, LLC), Kristopher R Kielbasa (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

School shootings, hate crimes and terrorist attacks appear to be on the rise despite numerous public efforts to increase awareness of these deviant behavioral phenomena. Examining the celeration of these offers an advantage to traditional graphing methods because celeration is a derivative of rate and serves as an earlier indicator of change. Using the standard celeration chart, the author illustrates how these detrimental social phenomena are changing over the last several years and what behavior analysts can offer in the way of contributions to preventing or decreasing these. The lack of applied science used to target reduction of these behaviors are a tragedy, particularly considering the effectiveness of ABA interventions, be they at the organizational, community or population level or the individual level (e.g., individual treatment). Uniquely, standard celeration enables professionals to compare the trends of phenomenon that may not be measured in the same unit. This is because celeration is a standard property of all behavior change and underlies the trends. The author concludes by suggesting how standard celeration may offer previously unrealized solutions to understanding and curbing these phenomenon.




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