TITLE

The Missing Theory: Why Behavior Analysis Has Little Impact on Voluntary Adult Outpatient Services

AUTHOR(S)
Wynne, Louis
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Summer2004, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Applied behavior analysis continues to have little recognition in the arena of outpatient clinical services to voluntary adults because, while it has a theory of human behavior (radical behaviorism) and a theory of intervention (applied behavior analysis itself, it does not have a theory of deviance to interpose between and connect the two. Consequently behavior analysts treat unwanted behaviors without considering etiology. Several working hypotheses that might constitute the beginnings of a radical behaviorist (as opposed to a behavior analytic) theory of deviance are presented, and the article concludes with two reasons why such a theory has never developed, and why, without one, behavior analysis will continue to be seen by the clinical world in general as a set of techniques with little if any rationale for application to voluntary adult outpatients.
ACCESSION #
18255050

 

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