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Positive Behavior Support: A Proposal for Updating and Refining the Definition

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Positive behavior support


Positive behavior support (PBS) has been a dynamic and growing enterprise for more than 25 years. During this period, PBS has expanded applications across a wide range of populations and multiple levels of implementation. As a result, there have been understandable inconsistencies and confusion regarding the definition of PBS. In this essay, authors offer an updated and unified definition and provide a brief historical perspective and describe a process for developing a proposed definition.
They also discuss the rationale for key elements of the definition.


Kincaid, D., Dunlap, G., Kern, L., Lane, K. L., Bambara, L. M., Brown, F., Fox, L. & Knoster, T. P. (2016). Positive Behavior Support A Proposal for Updating and Refining the Definition. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 18, 69-73.

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