Association for Behavior Analysis International

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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Panel #14
Varying Perspectives of Parenting: Views from Foster and Adoptive Parents Who are Behavior Analysts
Thursday, November 29, 2001
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Barbantini Hall
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Jeannie A. Golden (East Carolina University)
CHUCK MANNING (Pamlico Animal Hospital)
DEBBIE STRICKLAND (East Carolina University)
LORI STUART (Behavioral Consultations & Psychological Services)
Abstract: Each presenter has a unique perspective as a foster, custodial and/or adoptive parent who uses behavior analysis in these roles. The chairperson is a first-time parent who had adopted her daughter who was, at first, a foster child with severe behavior problems. The first panelist is her husband, who has raised two children, has a grandchild and has a different perspective of parenting after having parented their adopted daughter. The second panelist was granted custody of her niece, who has experienced sexual abuse and exploitation and is exhibiting severe behavior problems and symptoms of psychological illness. Dealing with this child's difficulties, as well as familial issues, makes this situation particularly challenging. The third panelist is the adoptive parent of a young boy who was typically developing until brutal physical abuse left him medically fragile and profoundly handicapped. Providing for this child's special needs and coping with anger toward the birth parents that are now incarcerated can sometimes make this situation overwhelming. One common thread among all these parents is their reliance on behavioral techniques in coping with these unique situations and their stronger belief in behavioral principles as the result of their personal experiences.



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