COSAC Suggested Readings

Suggested Readings

The list of readings below provides resources for additional information on the topics relevant to this position statement. This list is by no means exhaustive and is intended as an initial resource.

Van Houten, R., Axelrod, S., Bailey, J. S., Favell, J. E., Foxx, R. M., Iwata, B. A., & Lovaas, O.I. (1988). The right to effective behavioral treatment.  Journal of Applied BehaviorAnalysis, 21, 381-384.

Australian Psychological Society. (2000). Guidelines for the use of aversive procedures.

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Examination Content Task List. Available at

Durand, V. M. (1990). The aversive debate is over: And now the work begins. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 15, 140-141.

Gerhardt, P. F., Holmes, D. L., Alessandri, M., Goodman, M. (1991). Social policy on the use of aversive interventions: Empirical, ethical, and legal considerations. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 21, 265-277.

Harris, S. L., & Handleman, J.S. (Eds.) (1990). Aversive and nonaversive interventions: Controlling life-threatening behavior by the developmentally disabled. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Horner, R. H. (2003). On the status of knowledge for using punishment: A commentary. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 465-467.

Koegel, L. K., Koegel, R. L., Dunlap, G. (1996). Positive behavioral support: Including people with difficult behavior in the community. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company.

LaVigna, G., & Donnellan, A. (1986). Alternatives to punishment. Solving behavior problems with non-aversive strategies. NY: Irvington.

Lerman, D. C., & Vorndran, C. M. (2003). On the status of knowledge for using punishment: Implications for treating behavior disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35,


National Research Council. (2001). Educating Children with Autism. Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

O’Neill, R. E., Horner, R, H., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Sprague, J. R. (1990). Functional analysis of problem behavior: A practical assessment guide. Sycamore, IL: Sycamore Publishing Company.

Scotti, J. R., Evans, I. M., Meyer, L. H., & Walker, P. (1991). A meta-analysis of intervention research with problem behavior: Treatment validity and standards of practice. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 96, 233-256.

Scotti, J. R., Ujcich, K. J., Weigle, K. L., Holland, C. M. (1996). Interventions with challenging behavior of persons with developmental disabilities: A review of current research practices. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 21, 123-134.

Singer, G. H. S., Gert, B., & Koegel, R. L. (1999). A moral framework for analyzing the controversy over aversive behavioral interventions for people with severe mental retardation. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1, 88-100.