Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #259
Conceptual Issues in Behavioral Health and Medicine
Sunday, May 28, 2023
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1-3
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Brady J. Phelps (South Dakota State University-Emeritus faculty)
Conceptualizing Healthy Eating as a Series of Choice Responses: Implications for Research and Treatment
Domain: Theory
SHARLET D. RAFACZ (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Healthy eating has important well-being and financial implications for our society. It is critical that the field of behavior analysis conduct more research in this area so that effective interventions may be developed. One barrier to addressing healthy eating may be conceptual. Far from being a single response, eating is comprised of a series of choice responses. These selection, preparation, and consumption responses form a temporally delayed behavioral chain. In this presentation I will discuss the implications of approaching eating, and healthy eating in particular, as choice behavior. Factors that influence the decision to eat healthy or not will be reviewed and examples of research in this area presented. The idea that healthy eating is a series of responses that form a behavioral chain will then be elaborated on. This conceptualization has implications for how interventions are designed and their effects measured. Finally, I will discuss what the research both within and outside of behavior analysis tells us about the most effective approaches to improving healthy eating across settings and populations.

Arriving at Some Common Sense About Dissociative Identity Disorder

Domain: Theory
BRADY J. PHELPS (South Dakota State University-Emeritus faculty)

This paper reviews the two competing models of the behaviors given the diagnostic label of dissociative identity disorder or DID, the post-trauma model (PTM) and the sociocognitive model. The sociocognitive model or the SCM, is translatable into behavior analytic contingencies. An argument is made that this disorder can be conceptualized as being changes in verbal and non-verbal behavior, as controlled by social contingencies of positive and negative reinforcement. A review of the literature on the topic of self and personality is presented from the relevant behavior analytic literature, as well as a behavioral case study of an individual with the relevant behaviors of DID. Finally, a discussion of the verbal behavior operants that are altered and atypical in the behavioral repertoire of an individual with behaviors given the label of dissociative identity disorder. The proposal is made that DID primarily consists of changes in the verbal behaviors of tacting, intraverbals and the prosody of speech, which can be conceptualized as being akin to a descriptive autoclitic.




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