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A Brief History of Functional Analysis and Applied Behavior Analysis

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Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Abstract

The history of functional analysis, as both a concept and a procedure, can be traced back to the earliest days of the discipline of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and even to the earliest days of basic research in behavior analysis that formed the foundation for ABA. Indeed, it is not unreasonable to state that the history of functional analysis is inextricably linked to the history of the discipline of ABA. The general discipline of ABA and the concepts and methods of functional analysis have been built upon the conceptual foundation of operant conditioning, and as advancements have been made in the basic and conceptual arenas of behavior analysis, new refinements have been made in the area of application.

Keywords

Problem Behavior Intellectual Disability Target Behavior Challenging Behavior Applied Behavior Analysis 
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  • Dennis R. Dixon
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  1. 1.Center for Autism and Related Disorders Inc.TarzanaUSA

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