Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

Editorial: Behavioral Interventions and Considerations

Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

Editorial: Behavioral Interventions and Considerations

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INTRODUCTION

In this issue, we are pleased to bring you four contributions from across the field of applied behavior analysis. First, Apsche, Bass, and Backhand (2012) describe the overall effectiveness of Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) over Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adolescent males who display angry and aggressive behavior. In this article, Apsche et al. also demonstrate how the intervention meets Kazdin's (2007) six criteria for mediation analysis. This paper is an important contribution to the literature regarding the use of contextually-based behavioral interventions and treatments that are needed to help produce behavioral change with this difficult population.

The second article by Seiverling, Kokitus, and Williams (2012) provides a good clinical example of an intervention involving brief implementation of escape extinction in a 3-year old child with autism spectrum disorder who engaged in a high frequency of food refusal when new foods were presented. An important contribution of this study is that it provides an approach for minimizing the use of escape extinction (EE) in food selectivity interventions, as EE is sometimes difficult for therapists and parents to implement with children because of its association with increased challenging behavior when initially introduced.

Haraway (2012), in her review article on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) reminds us that going back to the basics of behavior assessment and behavioral change is not only important for applied practitioners in behavior analysis, but the ethical obligation to do so is clear when we consider how functional hypotheses, treatment interventions, and outcomes are linked to effective assessment. …

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