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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #433
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Behavior Analysis in Service of Gender and Sexual Minorities: State of the Field
Monday, May 25, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen Kate Kellum, M.Ed.
Chair: Patrick Wade Richardson (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
KAREN KATE KELLUM (University of Mississippi)
JEFFREY BOLIN (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Gender and sexual minorities (GSM) are estimated to comprise between 4% and 10% of the population, but are twice as likely to experience mental health problems. Social stigma and a lack of laws to protect their rights are some of the major contributors of increased stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation for the LGBTQIA+ population. GSM can also be reluctant to seek treatment, as there is a mistrust of healthcare providers that has built up due to a history of discrimination, a lack of training, and shortage of understanding of the experiences of GSM. Behavior analytic and behaviorally-inspired interventions are amongst the most effective for treating depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other psychological difficulties. Behavior analysis has only recently, however, begun to make a unique contribution to conceptualizing and addressing LGBTQIA+ issues. The purpose of this panel is to offer perspectives on the status of behavior analytic contributions to promoting GSM well-being, in terms of building a robust body of behavior analytic research and developing and making available behavior analytic services. Discussants will also address the contingencies that have slowed the progress of behavior analysis in this domain as well as ethical matters involving GSM.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

ABAI members interested in learning more about gender and sexual minorities' issues.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe perspectives on the status of behavior analytic contributions promoting GSM well-being; (2) Discuss the barriers that have slowed down progress of behavior analysis addressing GSM concerns; (3) Describe ethical issues involving GSM.
Keyword(s): diversity, gender minorities, LGBTQIA+, sexual minorities



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