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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Symposium #226
CE Offered: BACB
Parents, Culture, and Shooters
Sunday, May 25, 2014
2:00 PM–3:50 PM
W190b (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Donald K. Pumroy (University of Maryland)
Discussant: Judy G. Blumenthal (Association for Behavior Change)
CE Instructor: W. Joseph Wyatt, Ph.D.

Part II: As a continuation of last year's symposium on Spotting and Stopping Shooters, the presenters have extended their work in this area. More is known about parental behaviors and cultural influences that can be correlates of the shooter behaviors. Two factors stand out in trying to perform an analysis of the shooter's; behaviors. One focus continues to be the impact of parents on their child. It appears there are new, finer points that have been found regarding the parent's behavior toward the child that becomes the shooter. It is also clear that many cultural factors (such as school atmosphere, teachers, other students, and the information learned about guns and their availability) tilt a child to become a shooter. Dr. Joe Wyatt will present a cultural analysis, Dr. Donald Pumroy will discuss the type of research that should or must be done, Dr. Roger McIntire will discuss child rearing practices used by parents of shooters, and Dr. Judy Blumenthal will discuss antecedents to shooter behavior.

Keyword(s): Parenting, Personality, Shooters, Violence
School Shooters: A Cultural Analysis
W. JOSEPH WYATT (Marshall University)
Abstract: Like every other behavior, school shootings take place in a context. This presentation will discuss the variables that are thought to increase the likelihood of an individual engaging such an act in the U.S., and will contrast the U.S. context with those found in other developed nations. The discussion will include the roles of gangs, mental health issues, violent media and gun availability. The roles of second amendment advocates, the media and the congress will be presented. Suggestions for prevention will be described.

Learning as The Cause of Behavior

DONALD K. PUMROY (University of Maryland)

This paper has three parts. The first part is concerned with the question Why does a person behave as he/she does? The general public is quite concerned about this problem, psychologists less so at least the way it appears. There are several different explanations for the why. Many have suggested genes, DNA, brain chemistry and/or damage. My position is that many of the behaviors a person shows are the result of learning. How such learning takes place will be discussed in general. And lastly the application of learning will be applied to the behavior of some of the more recent shooters. The shooters are those who shoot into a group collected at a school, movie, marathon race or any place where ever a group has collected.

A Parenting Class for High School Students
ROGER W. MCINTIRE (University of Maryland, Summit Crossroads Press)
Abstract: Although parenting will be an important part of preparation for our next generation, very little of our science is touched by elementary or secondary curricula. The tyranny of the paranoia concerning science often leaves children with only clichés, speculations and confusion in regard to family functioning. In addition to the fundamental concerns of parenting--principles of sound nutrition and diet, principles of general hygiene and health, the course outline will provide student practice and review of the behavioral principles that would concern family dynamics and child rearing. These principles would include principles of learning and language acquisition and principles of immediacy and consistency that govern parents’ reactions to children’s behavior.
Antecedents to Shooter Behavior
JUDY G. BLUMENTHAL (Association for Behavior Change)
Abstract: Much attention and money is spent on safe guarding the environment from a potential shooting event. Contrasted to this are identifying and changing antecedents to shooting behaviors. What just happened that pushed the shooter over the edge? This paper will identity likely antecedents to a shooter's behavior, also referred to as triggers and cues. It is conceivable that if antecedents can be successfully identified, preventing a shooting behavior will be successful, in addition to changing other inappropriate behaviors that the potential shooter might have.



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