Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Symposium #442
Sexual Behavior from an Applied Behavior Analytic Perspective (STEPSIG Symposium)
Monday, May 25, 2009
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
North 120 D
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Helen Bloomer (Aspire Programs)
Discussant: Helen Bloomer (Aspire Programs)
Abstract: The study of sexual behavior has often been theory driven, as opposed to data-driven. In this symposium, the treatment of inappropriate sexual behavior, as well as the development of typical sexual behavior and paraphilias will be described from a data-based Applied Behavior Analytic perspective.
A Behavioral Description of the Development of Paraphilias
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow)
Abstract: Paraphilias, or sexual arousal patterns that are not standard within the sub-culture, have been theorized to emerge for a variety of reasons. Data will be presented that support an Applied Behavior Analytic understanding of the development of paraphilia.
A content analysis of BDSM internet media
FAWNA STOCKWELL (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Bobby Newman (Room to Grow)
Abstract: BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism) lifestyle interactions often involve some type of social dynamic in which one individual has a great deal more power or control of a situation than another individual, and this raises the question of whether physical and emotional force/coercion is used, as well as whether both of the involved parties freely consent to participate in the activity. This project involved a content analysis of three types of stimuli: BDSM/fetish online discussion boards, BDSM/fetish video clips, and BDSM/fetish narrative fiction writings. Results of the analysis will indicate the prevalence of force and consent in each of the three domains. Implications of the findings will be discussed.
A Training Package for Teaching Appropriate Touching of Self and Others
CRISTIANE B SOUZA BERTONE (Expanding Repertoires), Lisa M. Swift (Expanding Repertoires), Bobby Newman (Room to Grow)
Abstract: Many students daignosed with developmental disabilities have had no, or only cursory, sex educaiton. They then often suffer the consequences of engagin in inappropriate touching. In this paper, we will discuss the importance of teaching "appropriate" touching for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. We will discuss intereventions for decreasing "inapporpriate" touching in adolescent individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and present data regarding a teaching package that aims to teach more appropriate touchign of self and others..



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