THE TECHNICAL DRIFT OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Steven C. Hayes, Arnold Rincover, Jay V Solnick

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Abstract

Four dimensions (applied, analytic, general, conceptual) were selected from Baer, Wolf, and Risley's (1968) seminal article on the nature of applied behavior analysis and were monitored throughout the first 10 volumes of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Each of the experimental articles in Volumes 1 through 6 and the first half of Volumes 7 through 10 was rated on each of these dimensions. The trends showed that applied behavior analysis is becoming a more purely technical effort, with less interest in conceptual questions. We are using simpler experimental designs and are conducting fewer analogue studies. Although concern for maintenance is increasing, other forms of generality are being measured or analyzed less often. These trends are discussed in terms of a technical drift in applied behavior analysis. 1980 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • analogue studies
  • behavioral principles
  • characteristics and trends in applied behavior analysis
  • generalization
  • use of experimental designs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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