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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #64
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Contextual Behavioral Science and Applied Behavior Analysis With Children and Families
Saturday, May 26, 2012
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
4C-3 (Convention Center)
Area: CBM/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Danielle Moyer (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
AMY MURRELL (University of North Texas)
TIMOTHY M. WEIL (University of South Florida)
PATRICK C. FRIMAN (Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town)

The area of contextual behavioral science grew from the field of behavior analysis and the two remain interconnected today. Contextual behavioral science is rapidly growing into an internationally recognized approach for the prediction and influence of human behavior. The body of empirical evidence for acceptance and commitment therapy with adults has extended across an array of areas including, but not limited to, chronic pain, psychosis, anxiety, and depression. Even more recent, however, is the increasing application of this approach to the behavior of children and families. This panel intends to explore the research findings in this area with a focus on how contextual behavioral science might enhance traditional applied behavior analysis. After a brief introduction to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of contextual behavioral science, we will focus on how an analysis of child behavior, parenting, and overall family functioning might benefit from this approach. Particular attention will be paid to how contextual behavior therapies with parents, when used in addition to applied behavior analysis for children, can benefit the family as a whole. A significant portion of time will be protected for audience questions after the initial discussion.

Keyword(s): children, parenting, psychological flexibility



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