Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #100
Could Behavior Analysis be a Psychology for Women?
Saturday, May 23, 2020
4:00 PM–4:20 PM
Area: PCH
Chair: Carolina Laurenti (State University of Londrina; State University of Maringa)
Could Behavior Analysis be a Psychology for Women?
Domain: Theory
CAROLINA LAURENTI (State University of Londrina; State University of Maringa)
Abstract: The institutionalization of feminist psychology in the 1970s was portrayed and analyzed by several articles published at the time. Some of these articles acquired historical importance by systematizing cardinal issues to the project of a feminist psychology. They not only demonstrated limitations on psychology’s proposals in explaining female behavior and experience, but also indicated what psychological theory and practice would have to consider in order to constitute a psychology for women (and not against women). Starting from the examination of these classic articles, the aim of this paper is to verify compatibilities and incompatibilities (theoretical, methodological, and practical) between the initial project of a feminist psychology and Radical Behaviorism. How far do feminist psychology’s critiques of psychology at that time reach behavioral psychology? Would there be potentialities in Radical Behaviorism for the construction of a psychology for women? Ultimately, could Behavior Analysis be considered a feminist psychology in the terms defined by emerging feminist psychology? The answers to these questions may shed light on the roots of the remaining tensions between Behavior Analysis and feminist psychology.



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