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date: 25 January 2021

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the applied science and professional practice devoted to understanding and changing human behavior. The characteristics of applied behavior analysis include (a) a focus on socially important behavior; (b) demonstration of functional relationships between environmental events and behavior; (c) clear description of procedures; (d) connection to basic behavioral principles; and (e) production of meaningful, generalizable, and long-lasting changes in behavior. This chapter provides an overview of the field of ABA starting with issues in assessment and research design, followed by a review of basic behavioral principles that form the foundation of ABA procedures. Next, procedures to establish new behaviors are reviewed and the functional approach to assessing and changing problem behavior is described.

Keywords: applied behavior analysis, behavior, behavior analysis, functional assessment, functional interventions

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