Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Poster Session #85
CSS Saturday Poster Session: Odd-Numbered Posters
Saturday, May 28, 2022
1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (BEHAVIORBABE )
63. Improving Team Behaviors of Youth Cheerleaders using a Group Contingency and Public Posting
Area: CSS; Domain: Applied Research
KELLY NORRIS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ), Nicole Kanew (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Discussant: Amanda N. Kelly (BEHAVIORBABE)

This study examined an intervention package using a group contingency and public posting to increase the on-task behaviors of youth cheerleaders. Previous research has used group contingencies and public posting to increase on-task behaviors. Additional research has used treatment packages including one of these interventions, but not both. We used an intervention package, using both a group contingency and public posting, to increase pro-social behaviors, including on-task behaviors. Currently, there is no research using these specific components in an intervention package to increase on-task behaviors in a sports team. In this current study, a withdrawal design was used with a team of junior high cheerleaders to increase on-task behaviors. Momentary time sampling was used to record the on-task behaviors of each member of the team. Public posting and an interdependent group contingency were used to reinforce the on-task behaviors of the participants. The results of the first intervention phase showed an increase in on-task behaviors, with a decline during return to baseline, and an immediate increase with the return to intervention. The results showed the intervention package using a group contingency and public posting was successful in increasing the on-task behaviors of youth cheerleaders.

Diversity submission 67. A preliminary investigation of political views: A relational flexibility perspective
Area: CSS; Domain: Basic Research
JESSICA M. HINMAN (University of Illinois at Chicago ), Mark R. Dixon (University of Illinois Chicago), Zhihui Yi (University of Illinois Chicago)
Discussant: Amanda N. Kelly (BEHAVIORBABE)
Abstract: A contextual behavior analytic framework can be utilized to understand how an individual perceives racial discrimination, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate change, and national security. Previous research has demonstrated the relationship between complex language and biases and found an association between derived relational responses and implicit biases. The current study expands upon prior research by utilizing contemporary and traditional behavior analytic methods to examine the relationship between political identity, complex language, psychological flexibility, and how individuals perceive various social justice topics. Sixty individuals across the United States completed a series of online self-report measures, including an online version of the PEAK Compressive Assessment Transformation-Expressive (PCA-T-E) subtest and psychological flexibility questionnaires. They completed a paired choice preference assessment of twelve social justice issues to determine which topics they found most important. Our findings suggest that individuals who identified as being more liberal scored higher on the PCA-T-E (r = -0.548, p = 0.0002) and were more mindful (r = 0.3659, p = 0.017) compared to those who identified as more conservative. These findings suggest a relationship between relational ability, political identity, and how one perceives various social justice issues and supports the need for more research examining this relationship between complex language and social justice.



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