Association for Behavior Analysis International

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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Paper Session #72
Coaching and Social Skills Training
Friday, November 30, 2001
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Barbantini Hall
Area: CBM
Chair: Thomas P. Gumpel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Why Does Social Skills Training So Often Fail? Skill or Performance Deficits?
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
THOMAS P. GUMPEL (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Abstract: The theoretical understanding of social competence deficits has developed along two principal lines. Molecular approaches delineate a finite set of behavioral components which when chained together and when adequately performed solicit reinforcement from the environment. In an attempt to breach problems with maintenance and generalization of treatment gains based on this approach, theoreticians attempted to extend these molecular training paradigms to include both overt and covert behaviors. These process approaches differ from traditional molecular approaches because they do not train a large set of minute behaviors and link them to relevant SDs. Instead, they focus on teaching social problem-solving skills that guide the individual in deciding which skills to perform and the performing them. Unfortunately, the process approach, like the molecular approach, also has yielded poor maintenance and generalization of treatment gains. This presentation presents the findings of four studies and our reconceptualization of social skills deficits and social skills training.
Behavior Analysis Contributions to the Practice and the Coaching of Soccer
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
A. CELSO GOYOS (Federal University of San Carlos)
Abstract: Behavior Analysis is solidly planted on two formidable pillars, respondent and operant conditioning. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how this approach may be applied to the better understanding of the behaviors involved in the most popular sport on earth, soccer. Initially, it will be shown how conditioned stimuli may come to exert control over respondent behavior and how many behaviors typical of this sport can be understood as respondent behavior. These behaviors involve those of young and professional players, coaches, parents and the cheer. Examples will illustrate anxiety and its implications to soccer (penalty kicks, defense plays, etc.), and possible solutions, such as mental rehearsal and relaxation will be treated. Likewise, operant conditioning will be treated. It will be shown that Behavior Analysis may offer a very important contribution to the development of soccer practice with special emphasis on basic principles, including rule-governed behavior, thinking, and stimulus control, and their effects on motivation, emotional behavior, attendance to practice, etc.



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