Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #346
Diversity submission PDS: Behavior-Analytic Publications and the Ethics Code
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 203 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
Chair: Sofia E. Abuin (Salve Regina University )
DOROTHEA C. LERMAN (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University)
ALICE SHILLINGSBURG (Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC)

As behavior-analytic researchers, publication of empirical findings should rely upon consistent application of ethical recommendations and guidelines. Within behavior-analytic research, transparent adherence to the Ethics Code and best practice may be essential aspects of the field’s acceptance and advancement within society. As a result, reporting practices related to individualized and effective treatment that prioritize a participant’s wellbeing and autonomy may be important to report in behavior-analytic research. Researchers may need to consider potential outcomes of reporting ethical practices that pertain to contextual elements becoming more culturally relevant within society. A participant’s identity and community may call for additional ethical factors to be considered that could potentially impact experimental and intervention-based choices. During the publication process, the decision to report such considerations may raise certain challenges which involve maintaining a participant’s confidentiality and concise description of experimental elements. While standard and idiosyncratic limitations exist to reporting ethical practices, the dissemination of ethical and culturally responsive actions may generate further understanding and integration of such methods. This panel seeks to contribute to the conversation regarding the potential limitations and advantages to reporting ethical practices related to the Ethics Code and shifting cultural considerations.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Cultural-responsiveness, Ethics, Publication practices



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