Reframing compliance: Exposing violence within applied behaviour analysis
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The purpose of this study is to explore the potential relationship between Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and acts of violence. This relationship is explored through a critical discourse analysis of six scholarly research articles from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The Interactional and Discursive View of Violence and Resistance was used as the framework for analysis: this lens originates from Response-Based Practice and is useful in exploring how language is used to misrepresent acts of violence. The results of this analysis ultimately show the existence of violence within the six ABA research articles. Simultaneously, this analysis demonstrates how autistic children resist acts of violence in ways that highlight their agency and dignity. Lastly, this study includes the perspectives of self-advocates who describe alternatives to ABA.