Birds Of A Feather : Applied Behavior Analysis And Quality Of Life
Gambrill, E. (2013). Birds of a Feather: Applied Behavior Analysis and Quality of Life. Research On Social Work Practice, 23(2), 121-140.
This journal article tells us that Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) has been around for decades. But unfortunately there have been very quiet a few misconceptions. She wants us to clear this up and gives us a clear cut definition “ABA is a scientific approach to understanding and altering behavior” (Gambrill, 2012 p.126) Part of the reasoning behind the confusion behind ABA is that in the past ABA was references as many different topics and very rarely called ABA outside of the BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analysis) circle.
It is important to note behaviorism and ABA are not the same thing. She goes on to talk about all of the propaganda and misleading information out there on ABA. He talks about how relying on what you feel or just labeling a child and prescribing medication is not truly beneficial. She also talks about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in general how they assume that behavior equals mental illness. She does not agree with this fact. She also finds a problem with applying the scientific method to human behaviors. She shares that it is to systematic and human nature does not fit in to such confines. She also has a problem with people just throwing around the terms science and scientific instead of for the definitional reason it should…