Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #99
Cultural Variability and Responsiveness
Monday, September 30, 2019
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C2
Chair: Dorothy Xuan Zhang (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; George Mason University; ABA Professional Committee of China Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (ABA-CARDP)
Code or Cope? Diving into Ethical Situations by Behavior Analysts in Mainland China
Area: CSS
Domain: Service Delivery
DOROTHY XUAN ZHANG (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; George Mason University; ABA Professional Committee of China Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (ABA-CARDP), Fan-Yu Lin (Robert Morris University)
Abstract: Over the past decades, more and more educators, paraprofessionals, and parents have been drawn to the science of behavior analysis due to its impact on autism related treatment mainland, China. Many individuals underwent a verified course sequence and have become certified behavior analysts. While the growth in the field of behavior analysis is encouraging, decoding the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts during may be difficult due to the contexts and cultural variables that one is in. The purpose of this presentation is to share results of a scenario-based survey study that is conducted in mainland China among individuals who studied behavior analysis. In addition to obtaining demographic information about those who practice behavior analysis in mainland China, another important goal of this study is to gain insights on the decision-making process in service-delivery situations where making ethical decisions may not be so “cut and dry”. The results of the study will provide information about professionals practicing behavior analysis in mainland, China. Results will also lead to an examination of the ethical guidelines that is specific to a particular region and further discussion and reflection about supervision training curriculum in a global sense.

CANCELED: Culturally Responsive Evidence-Based Interventions

Area: AUT
Domain: Service Delivery
DAISY WANG (Social Collaborative)

Cultural responsivity refers to the extent to which an approach or intervention considers the indigenous beliefs, history, norms, language, and behavior of a particular group of people and makes necessary adaptations to ensure social validity and goodness of fit. Presently, most evidence-based interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis originate from Western and Caucasian cultures of a specific socio-economic status. When such interventions are applied to other cultures, the efficacy and social validity can be compromised due to the discrepancy in cultures. Culturally responsive adaptations are therefore a necessary element of successful implementation of programs that were originally developed in a different culture. Successful implementation is paramount in favourable intervention outcomes, increased Quality of Life in the personal and family units, and building capacity in the community. The present paper reviews literature on culturally responsive adaptations of evidence-based interventions, identifies best practices in culturally responsive adaptations, and discusses future directions for further research and development in this issue.




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