Association for Behavior Analysis International

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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #83
ABA and the Justice System
Monday, September 30, 2019
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C2
Chair: Kristine Jolivette (PENDING)
Facility-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Incarcerated Youth Voice Related to the Constructs of Climate and Applied Behavior Analysis
Area: CSS
Domain: Applied Research
KRISTINE JOLIVETTE (University of Alabama), Sara Sanders (University of Alabama), Robin Parks Ennis (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Abstract: A shift from reactive and punitive practices in secure juvenile facilities has prompted facilities in the United States to adopt multi-tiered systems of support such as facility-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (FW-PBIS) to address climate concerns as well as youth behavior. FW-PBIS is predicated within applied behavior analysis (ABA). To date, most implementation efforts have focused on defining adult behaviors and systems. There is limited understanding of the role of youth voice related to adoption and implementation of the advocated practices. This pilot study sought to understand youth perspectives of FW-PBIS implementation as viewed through the lens of facility/organizational climate assessment and the constructs of applied behavior analysis. We piloted a facility climate survey for use in secure juvenile facilities and conducted focus group sessions to capture youth voice. We will provide an overview of FW-PBIS, its links to ABA principles, and a fidelity measure along with the identified facilitator and barrier themes related to facility climate with FW-PBIS implementation. Implications for practice, as well as limitations and future directions for research are discussed.
Application of Applied Behavior Analysis to the Juvenile Justice Population
Area: CSS
Domain: Service Delivery
VANESSA BETHEA-MILLER (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: Juvenile Delinquency, defined as a violation of the law committed by a juvenile who is a person under the age of eighteen, continues to be a socially significant problem for society at large. Historically, juvenile offenders are punished with residential placement (i.e., locked up), heavy monitoring, etc. (Thompson et al., 2010). While minor policy reform has occurred in some states and countries in regards to treatment of juvenile offenders, there is still reliance on historic systems in place throughout the world. Reliance on these historic methods results in public monies being spent on detention centers, probation officers and services, boot camps, and rehabilitation centers; however, there is no research to support these systems. One approach to crime prevention and reduction in recidivism with substantial research of its effects in other populations is applied behavior analysis. While research with this population may be limited, Applied Behavior Analysis can contribute to the juvenile justice population in various ways which align with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis originally described by Baer, Wolf, & Risley (1968) which will be discussed in this symposium. Previous research with this population as well as recommendations for future research will be presented.
Criminal Behaviorology: The Application of Behavior Analysis to Assist Criminology, Corrections, and the Justice System
Area: PCH
Domain: Theory
TIMOTHY TEMPLIN (Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA); Criminal Behaviorology)
Abstract: Criminal Behaviorology is the use of behavior analysis to further the study of criminology, or otherwise assist in criminal or civil legal proceedings, as well as juvenile or adult correctional programs. Areas of interest related to Criminal Behaviorology has been reviewed in the literature for this presentation. A review of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis has provided some articles focusing on this subject area. Presented below are data regarding the publication of articles with a focus on these areas of interest in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from the years 1995 to 2017. These articles include the prevention of abduction for adults and children with disabilities (2010, 2013 and 2014), trial contingency management in a drug court (2008), sex offender assessment (2006, 2014 and 2017) and other pertinent topics. In addition, the different areas of research and practice where Criminal Behaviorology may be relevant. Options available for the dissemination of behavior analysis to these areas of interest are discussed.



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