Applied behavior analysis is a growing profession devoted to the application of basic learning principles to socially significant behavior occurring in many natural environments, including the home, school, workplace, and other public venues. Founded on well-documented learning processes, such as respondent and operant learning, applied behavior analysis involves direct observation and recording of relevant target behaviors, systematic and continuous data collection, and implementation of interventions designed to address behavioral deficiencies or excesses.
Behaviors targeted for intervention with applied behavior analysis are of practical, not theoretical, concern, and are usually identified by pertinent stakeholders, their teachers, parents, siblings, peers, coworkers, or the clients themselves. Applied behavior analysis has a significant track record of evidence-based treatments, especially in the domain of developmental disabilities. This entry discusses the history ...
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