Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

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Introduction and background

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a method used to generate socially significant improvements by means of observation, measurement and functional behavior analysis of associations between the behavior of an individual and their environment. (Hussain Bhutto & Saba Qazi Ali 2013). ABA procedures have shown effectiveness in behaviors associated with anxiety, such as emotional states, external stimuli, eating habits, and nail biting which according to former researches effects 28% to 33% of children ages 7-10 years old, 44% of adolescents, 19% to 29% of young adults, and 5% of later adults. The most common trigger of this habit according to the study seems to be stress or anxiety.
Other researches state that nail
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Outcomes from the present study suggest that they need to look elsewhere for ways of incrementing the effectiveness of psychological treatment for this disorder. Given that GAD clients spend considerable time living in, and responding to thoughts and images of, a nonexistent future (Borkovec et al., in press), one possibility involves the further development of methods for helping clients to attend to and live more fully in the present moment, a goal that their past CBT approaches have attempted to accomplish (Borkovec & Costello, 1993). More systematic ways of doing this are currently being explored by Roemer and Orsillo (in press) in their incorporation of aspects of mindfulness and acceptance therapy into CBT techniques for…show more content…
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