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

Wynne, Louis
July 2004
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Summer2004, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p135
Academic Journal
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.


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