Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #211
The Role of Behavior Analysis in Crime Prevention
Sunday, May 25, 2008
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Boulevard B
Area: CBM
Chair: Frank E. Bowers (Father Flanagan's Boys Home)
Evaluating the Generalization and Maintenance of Positive Peer Reporting for Peer Rejected Youth.
Domain: Basic Research
FRANK E. BOWERS (Boystown), Clayton R. Cook (Girls and Boys Town/University of California, Riverside), Marcia E. Jensen (Girls and Boys Town/University of Washington)
Abstract: Peer rejected youth are at risk for experiencing a host of negative outcomes, including school failure, substance use, adult psychopathology, and physical and sexual abuse. As a result, there is a high premium on interventions that can improve the social status and functioning of these youth. Positive peer reporting (PPR) is a behavior analytic intervention designed to alter negative peer ecologies and increase the social interaction skills and sociometric status of peer rejected youth. Numerous studies have supported the use of PPR. Despite this research, it is unclear whether the positive effects produced by PPR generalize to other settings and/or maintain after the intervention is withdrawn. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the results of a multiple baseline design study conducted to assess the generalization and maintenance of PPR for peer rejected youth. Participants will benefit from attending this presentation by learning: (a) how to implement PPR, (b) whether the effects of PPR generalize to other settings and/or maintain into the future, and (c) possible ways they can apply behavior analytic principles to intervene with peer rejected youth.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Intervention as Crime Prevention.
Domain: Basic Research
TRUDI GAINES (University of West Florida), Leasha Barry (University of West Florida)
Abstract: A disproportionate number of individuals with ADHD are represented in the population of incarcerated youth and adults. Although the predictive relationship between ADHD diagnoses and later delinquency is well established, very little information is available on the outcome of youth in terms of delinquency who received various interventions for ADHD. As such it is relatively unknown, but often assumed, that intervention for ADHD symptoms also prevents later criminal activity and thus incarceration and recidivism. The purpose of this paper was to examine the relevant literature in the areas of ADHD and delinquency intervention, illuminating this potentially important gap, and to provide possible future research directions to help clarify the issue.



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