Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Symposium #273
Behavior Analysis and Other Evidence-Based Treatments in the Criminal Justice and Prison Reform Movement
Sunday, May 30, 2010
4:00 PM–5:20 PM
Crockett A/B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Jack A. Apsche (The Apsche Center at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)
Discussant: Jack A. Apsche (The Apsche Center at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)
Abstract: Over the last forty years, behavioral practices have been used in the treatment of offenders. Over these same years, the view of nothing works, has slowly come to be replaced with the view of behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments as having efficacy in the treatment of delinquents and offedners. This symposium is a review of some of the most recent meta-analytic work on the subject. In addition, it looks at the most recent
Recent Meta-Analytic Studies on Prison Based Behavioral Interventions: Behavior Modification Works to Reduce Prison Misconduct and Recidivism
MARC GORUM (Correctional Medical Services), Joseph D. Cautilli (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners), Halina Dziewolska (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners)
Abstract: "This presentation reviews the results from several meta-analtyic studies on offender treatment. Several recent meta-analytic studies have found behavioral interventions to be efficacious in reducing prison misconduct and thus shortening prison stay, as well as reducing recividism by a range of 13-20%. These effects sizes are over double the size of educational interventions and non behavioral interventions (e.g., psychoanalytic therapy). In addition, these interventions are on par with cognitive behavioral interventions. Recent meta-analytic effects will be graphed and the topic of future directions will be explored."
Behavioral Intervention Versus Counseling for Delinquents: Recent Meta-Analytic Results
TERESA BALAWEJDER (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services), Beckie Robbins (Lubbock State Supported Living Center), Joseph D. Cautilli (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners)
Abstract: This paper reviews a recent meta-analytic study comparing the effects of delinquency and disruptive behavior of various interventions. Two techniques emerged with moderate to larger effect sized. The first was counseling and the second was behavioral intervention. This presentation will review this meta-analysis and discuss moderator variables for effect. An interesting finding was the greater the behavioral disruptiveness the more contingency management appears to be the more efficacious intervention. Conversely, for mildly disruptive children counseling interventions appear to most efficacious.
Meta-Analysis Results and Implications of Mode Deactivation Therapy for Sexually and Physically Aggressive Adolescent Males
JACK A. APSCHE (The Apsche Center at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)
Abstract: Apsche will present the results of ten years of treatment research on mode deactivation therapy (MDT) that now includes 458 individual and 60 family participants in a meta-analysis. The presentation will also include a recently completed study of 128 participants in a mediation analysis, examining the specific mediators of MDT that impact positively on outcomes. The mediation analysis study and replication studies will be combined to present a meta analysis of 696 participants over more than a decade in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings.



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