Defusion: A Behavior-analytic Strategy for Addressing Private Events
Behavior Analysis in Practice
Association for Behavior Analysis International
Applied behavior analysts encounter situations in which private events hinder client progress, and additional techniques to address these issues are needed. By conceptualizing private events as verbal rules, we provide a behavior-analytic framework for understanding and addressing these events. Relational frame theory (RFT) is the basis for this conceptual foundation; the empirically based principles of RFT are presented along with direct implications for understanding private events. Defusion, an RFT-based technique for addressing private events, is then described and empirical studies that evaluate the effects of defusion are reviewed. Finally, potential clinical applications for practicing behavior analysts are offered.
Snyder, K., Lambert, J., Twohig, M. P.(2011). Defusion: A behavior-analytic strategy for addressing private events. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 4, 4-13.