Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #597
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Isms: Why We Hate and What To Do About It
Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Natalie A. Parks, Ph.D.
Chair: Beverly Kirby (Team ABA LLC)
NATALIE A. PARKS (Behavior Leader)

Webster’s Dictionary states the suffix “-ism” is a neutral term used to describe philosophies, theories, religions, social movements, and behaviors; however, it is used to identify that one is in opposition of such practices in the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. Currently words such as racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism are used to describe the perceived negative ideologies and behaviors of one person(s) towards another. Hate crimes are crimes motivated by a negative bias towards another person(s) based on a general characteristic. Although hate crimes reached an all time low in 2014, they have been on a sharp rise, reaching a high in over 10 years in 2017 (FBI, 2018). Usually “-isms” are discussed individually; however, the behavioral underpinnings of how “-isms” develop and are maintained over time are similar. As behavior analysts, we have solutions to move this world towards a more accepting and inviting place for all. This panel will explore the theory behind and behavioral mechanism in place for “-isms” to develop and what we, as individuals and as behavior analysts, can do to change it.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: 1. State the behavioral mechanisms responsible for the development of -isms 2. Identify what behavior mechanisms are in place for at least two different -isms 3. Identify at least 2 environmental variables can be manipulated to change the development and maintenance of -isms
Keyword(s): diversity, inclusion, racism, sexism



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