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Addressing Social and Global Issues: Viewing the Syrian Refugee Crisis Through a Behavior-Analytic Lens

Addressing Social and Global Issues: Viewing the Syrian Refugee Crisis Through a... In a 1982 address, B. F. Skinner asked a question that is still relevant today: Why are we not acting to save the world? Watching any news station will reveal a number of current global and social issues that our world is facing including, but not limited to, poverty, genocide, and climate change. Although there have been attempts to resolve these issues, these problems continue to cost lives and threaten the planet. These human-created problems are complex in terms of influencing factors and the human behavior involved and, therefore, require an objective, systematic approach. Behavior analysis is a science that studies environmental variables influencing human behavior, which allows for the prediction and creation of interventions that change behavior in a socially significant way. The present article uses the Syrian refugee crisis to illustrate how the principles of behavior analysis, specifically relational frame theory, Glenn’s (2004, “Individual Behavior, Culture, and Social Change,” The Behavior Analyst, 27, 133–151) analysis of macrobehavior and metacontingencies, and Goldiamond’s nonlinear analysis (1974, “Toward a Constructional Approach to Social Problems: Ethical and Constitutional Issues Raised by Applied Behavior Analysis,” Behaviorism, 2, 1–84), could be used to address global and social issues. The authors propose a model that may be used to analyze other social or global issues using behavior-analytic principles. This article is intended to demonstrate the breadth of potential applications of behavior-analytic principles and to serve as a call to action to the field to research interventions to address current social and global issues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Behavior and Social Issues Springer Journals

Addressing Social and Global Issues: Viewing the Syrian Refugee Crisis Through a Behavior-Analytic Lens

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Publisher
Springer Journals
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Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology
ISSN
1064-9506
eISSN
2376-6786
DOI
10.1007/s42822-019-00018-7
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Abstract

In a 1982 address, B. F. Skinner asked a question that is still relevant today: Why are we not acting to save the world? Watching any news station will reveal a number of current global and social issues that our world is facing including, but not limited to, poverty, genocide, and climate change. Although there have been attempts to resolve these issues, these problems continue to cost lives and threaten the planet. These human-created problems are complex in terms of influencing factors and the human behavior involved and, therefore, require an objective, systematic approach. Behavior analysis is a science that studies environmental variables influencing human behavior, which allows for the prediction and creation of interventions that change behavior in a socially significant way. The present article uses the Syrian refugee crisis to illustrate how the principles of behavior analysis, specifically relational frame theory, Glenn’s (2004, “Individual Behavior, Culture, and Social Change,” The Behavior Analyst, 27, 133–151) analysis of macrobehavior and metacontingencies, and Goldiamond’s nonlinear analysis (1974, “Toward a Constructional Approach to Social Problems: Ethical and Constitutional Issues Raised by Applied Behavior Analysis,” Behaviorism, 2, 1–84), could be used to address global and social issues. The authors propose a model that may be used to analyze other social or global issues using behavior-analytic principles. This article is intended to demonstrate the breadth of potential applications of behavior-analytic principles and to serve as a call to action to the field to research interventions to address current social and global issues.

Journal

Behavior and Social IssuesSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 4, 2019

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