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Ethical implications of behavior modification: Historical and current issues

Leslie, Julian (1997) Ethical implications of behavior modification: Historical and current issues. PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD, 47 (4). pp. 637-648. [Journal article]

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A number of social factors are combining to raise the profile of ethical issues for behavior analysts and behavior-modification professionals, as for all psychologists. Some popular misconceptions have led to behavior modification being seen as coercive. These misconceptions are rebutted, and the ethical basis of behavior modification in behavioral analysis is examined. The key features of contemporary behavioral analysis and behavior modification are the public specification of objectives and methods, and the use of functional analysis. However, current problems with functional analysis may make the use of higher order principles such as professional codes of ethics appropriate. Ethical concerns raised by the particular examples of social validity measures and parent training programs are reviewed. These emphasize the importance of putting behavior modification into its social context and thus ensuring that the Values of the wider community are acknowledged.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Behavioural Neuroscience and Behaviour Analysis
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:1661
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:33
Last Modified:13 Mar 2012 16:33

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