The Applied Behavior Analysis Research Paradigm and Single-Subject Designs in Adapted Physical Activity Research

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Old Dominion University
  • | 2 The Ohio State University
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There are basic philosophical and paradigmatic assumptions that guide scholarly research endeavors, including the methods used and the types of questions asked. Through this article, kinesiology faculty and students with interests in adapted physical activity are encouraged to understand the basic assumptions of applied behavior analysis (ABA) methodology for conducting, analyzing, and presenting research of high quality in this paradigm. The purposes of this viewpoint paper are to present information fundamental to understanding the assumptions undergirding research methodology in ABA, describe key aspects of single-subject research designs, and discuss common research designs and data-analysis strategies used in single-subject studies.

Haegele is with the Dept. of Human Movement Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Hodge is with the Dept. of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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