Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #529
CE Offered: BACB
Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG Symposium 3 of 3: What Behavior Analysis Can Teach You About Your Love Life
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Vevey 1 & 2, Swissotel
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Discussant: Jessica Gamba (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
CE Instructor: Fawna Stockwell, Ph.D.
Abstract: The science of behavior analysis has been applied to a myriad of human behaviors, including those of a sexual nature. The purpose of this presentation is to explore research strategies for analyzing emotions and perceptions in romantic relationships, including assessment of a partner’s listening behaviors and response to infidelity scenarios. Presenters will discuss resulting data and their implications, as well as directions for future research, instruction, and applied projects.
Keyword(s): Communication, Jealousy, Partners, relationships
The Effects of an Individualized Treatment Package on Listening Behaviors of Adult Participants in Romantic Relationships
NATHANIEL LACHICA (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Scott A. Herbst (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The presented study used a single-subject multiple baseline design across behaviors to investigate the effects of a behavior skills training on listening behaviors of adults in romantic relationships. Participants’ partners selected mastery criteria ranges for six potential behaviors to target through pretest surveys, video questionnaires, and verbal report. The researcher selected three behaviors to target (e.g., minimal encouragers, supportive statements, and paraphrasing) and used a behavior skills training to train those behaviors to mastery. The results showed that the training was effective for four participant couples in increasing effective listening behaviors in their relationships. Effective listening behavior is defined as verbal behavior that is emitted by the listener that allows the speaker to feel heard as defined by each speaker. Participants’ performances generally maintained at criterion during confederate probes and partner probes after the skills training with the researcher.

Dissecting Jealousy: Examining the Effects of Physical and Emotional Infidelity Scenarios on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Nervous Behaviors, and Self-Reported Feelings of Jealousy

ALLISON BIHLER (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Diana J. Walker (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

This study utilized an alternating treatments design to examine the effects of physical versus emotional infidelity scenarios on five participants self-reported feelings of jealousy, heart rate, and blood pressure, as well as their nervous behaviors. The study investigated whether one type of infidelity scenario produces greater changes in behavior as compared to control condition neutral scenarios, and whether these effects vary across genders and across relationship status. Each participants responses on a preliminary questionnaire were used to create individualized infidelity scenarios. The results indicated that the physiological measures did not show a clear effect of either scenario type, except for one participant who showed increases in heart rate during the emotional condition relative to the other two conditions. There were no clear effects of scenario type on nervous behavior, but all five participants rated emotional and physical scenarios as more stressful and as producing more feelings of jealousy than neutral scenarios.




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