Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
culture, autism, edible reinforcement, praise, positive reinforcement
Culture consists of beliefs, laws, customs, and manners that society deems to be socially appropriate. As culture influences how the individual behaves within society, it is important to recognize if and how cultural elements might influence the acceptance of behavioral treatments. The purpose of this literature review was to analyze culture with respect to the two most common reinforcers used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) research, edibles and praise. There were two components to this evaluation: a) an in-depth search of five country’s use of edibles and praise and b) a review of a scholarly behavior analytic journal. The in-depth analysis results indicated that the use of edibles and praise varied with each country. The article review results indicated that out of 73 articles meeting inclusion criteria, five provided a cultural description and of those one applied a modification based on the participants’ cultural needs.
Bodin, Vanessa G., "A Framework for Analyzing Cultural Considerations in Working with Young Clients Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2019). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 68.