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The Wiley Handbook of Contextual Behavioral Science

The Wiley Handbook of Contextual Behavioral Science

Robert D. Zettle, Steven C. Hayes, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Anthony Biglan

ISBN: 978-1-118-48956-7

Jan 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

564 pages

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The Wiley Handbook of Contextual Behavioral Science describes the philosophical and empirical foundation of the contextual behavioral science movement; it explores the history and goals of CBS, explains its core analytic assumptions, and describes Relational Frame Theory as a research and practice program.

  • This is the first thorough examination of the philosophy, basic science, applied science, and applications of Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Brings together the philosophical and empirical contributions that CBS is making to practical efforts to improve human wellbeing
  • Organized and written in such a way that it can be read in its entirety or on a section-by-section basis, allowing readers to choose how deeply they delve into CBS
  • Extensive coverage of this wide ranging and complex area that encompasses both a rich basic experimental tradition and in-depth clinical application of that experimental knowledge
  • Looks at the development of RFT, and its implications for alleviating human suffering

List of Contributors viii


1 Examining the Partially Completed Crossword Puzzle: The Nature and Status of Contextual Behavioral Science 1
Steven C. Hayes, Robert D. Zettle, Dermot Barnes]Holmes, and Anthony Biglan

Part I Contextual Behavioral Science: Nature, Strategy, and Current Status 7
Steven C. Hayes

2 Why Contextual Behavioral Science Exists: An Introduction to Part I 9
Steven C. Hayes

3 Contextual Behavioral Science: An Overview 17
Michael E. Levin, Michael P. Twohig, and Brooke M. Smith

4 Functional Contextualism and Contextual Behavioral Science 37
Anthony Biglan and Steven C. Hayes

5 Contextual Behavioral Science: Holding Terms Lightly 62
Kelly G. Wilson

6 Pragmatism and Psychological Flexibility in the Research Context: Applying Functional Contextualism to Scientific Methodology 81
Douglas M. Long and Brandon T. Sanford

7 A Functional Place for Language in Evolution: The Contribution of Contextual Behavioral Science to the Study of Human Evolution 100
Jean]Louis Monestès

Part II Relational Frame Theory 115
Dermot Barnes-Holmes

8 Relational Frame Theory: Finding Its Historical and Intellectual Roots and Reflecting upon Its Future Development: An Introduction to Part II 117
Dermot Barnes]Holmes, Yvonne Barnes]Holmes, Ian Hussey, and Carmen Luciano

9 Relational Frame Theory: The Basic Account 129
Sean Hughes and Dermot Barnes]Holmes

10 Relational Frame Theory: Implications for the Study of Human Language and Cognition 179
Sean Hughes and Dermot Barnes]Holmes

11 Relational Frame Theory: Implications for Education and Developmental Disabilities 227
Yvonne Barnes]Holmes, Deirdre Kavanagh, and Carol Murphy

12 RFT for Clinical Practice: Three Core Strategies in Understanding and Treating Human Suffering 254
Niklas Törneke, Carmen Luciano, Yvonne Barnes]Holmes, and Frank W. Bond

Part III Contextual Approaches to Clinical Interventions and Assessment 273
Robert D. Zettle

13 Contextual Approaches to Clinical Interventions and Assessment: An Introduction to Part III 275
Robert D. Zettle

14 Contextual Approaches to Psychotherapy: Defining, Distinguishing, and Common Features 287
James D. Herbert, Evan M. Forman, and Peter Hitchcock

15 Evaluating In]Session Therapist and Client Behaviors from a Contextual Behavioral Science Perspective 303
Matthieu Villatte

16 Measures That Make a Difference: A Functional Contextualistic Approach to Optimizing Psychological Measurement in Clinical Research and Practice 320
Joseph Ciarrochi, Robert D. Zettle, Robert Brockman, James Duguid, Philip Parker, Baljinder Sahdra, and Todd B. Kashdan

17 The Role of Experimental Psychopathology and Laboratory]Based Intervention Studies in Contextual Behavioral Science 347
Michael E. Levin and Matthieu Villatte

18 Scientific Ambition: The Relationship between Relational Frame Theory and Middle]Level Terms in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 365
Yvonne Barnes]Holmes, Ian Hussey, Ciara McEnteggart, Dermot Barnes]Holmes, and Mairéad Foody

Part IV Extending the CBS Tradition 383
Anthony Biglan

19 A Functional Contextualist Approach to Cultural Evolution: An Introduction to Part IV 385
Anthony Biglan

20 A Contextual Behavioral Science Approach to Parenting Intervention and Research 398
Laura Backen Jones, Koa Whittingham, Lisa Coyne, and April Lightcap

21 Contextual Behavioral Science and Education 422
Thomas G. Szabo and Mark R. Dixon

22 Psychological Flexibility and ACT at Work 459
Frank W. Bond, Joda Lloyd, Paul E. Flaxman, and Rob Archer

23 The Potential of Community]Wide Strategies for Promoting Psychological Flexibility 483
Michael E. Levin, Jason Lillis, and Anthony Biglan

24 The Evolution of Capitalism 496
Anthony Biglan, Jean Lee, and Christine Cody

25 A Functional Contextualist Analysis of the Behavior and Organizational Practices Relevant to Climate Change 513
Mark Alavosius, Donny Newsome, Ramona Houmanfar, and Anthony Biglan


26 The Future of the Human Sciences and Society 531
Anthony Biglan, Robert D. Zettle, Steven C. Hayes, and Dermot Barnes]Holmes

Index 541