Perspectives on Behavior Science

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 233–240 | Cite as

Applying Lessons from the Teaching-Family Model: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • Sarah E. PinkelmanEmail author
  • Robert H. Horner

A long-touted aspiration in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the creation of a society free of coercive control that supports prosocial behavior and in turn improves the quality of life of its members (Biglan, 2015; Skinner, 1948). Fixsen and Blase (this issue) build on this vision with a concrete example of how the principles of behavior can be married with implementation science to benefit the lives of children, families, and society. The Teaching-Family Model is an elegant example of how effective practices can be implemented at a scale of significant social impact. In recounting their journey through the development, replication, and diffusion of the Teaching-Family Model, Fixsen and Blase describe how effective and sustained change was achieved at scale. Their story affirms that the design of effective and supportive environments is possible and replicable, and we gain lessons on how to establish systems to improve quality of life in community, home, employment,...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Education and RehabilitationUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special Education and Clinical SciencesUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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