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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #105
PDS: Difficulties and Barriers to the Assessment and Treatment of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Saturday, May 25, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 201 AB
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Brooke McCumber (St. Cloud State University)
STEPHEN F. WALKER (St. Cloud State University)
JOHN FALLIGANT (Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
JORGE RAFAEL REYES (Westfield State University)

Inappropriate sexual behavior can have severe consequences for individuals and their communities. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who engage in inappropriate sexual behavior may be at an increased risk of encountering the criminal justice system, restricted independence, and contacting negative social contingencies. The discussion will address the barriers to accurate assessment of inappropriate sexual behavior and the complexities encountered in designing and implementing function-based treatments. Potential factors influencing the assessment and availability of treatment guidelines include the sensitivity and stigmatization of the topic, lack of resources, ethical and legal concerns, limited availability of specialized training, and risk of professional repercussions. Based on their extensive research and clinical experience, the panelists will provide valuable insights into how behavior analysts can navigate these challenges while maintaining ethical and effective practices. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in this subject and directions for future research and practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assessment, intervention, sexual behavior



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