A comment on the term "positive behavior support"

Glen Dunlap, Donald Kincaid, Robert H. Horner, Timothy Knoster, Catherine P. Bradshaw

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The use of the term "positive behavior support" has been associated with some confusion, and a number of alternative terms have been adopted over the past few decades. In this article, we discuss some of the historical context associated with different terms, and explain reasons for preferring "positive behavior support (PBS)" as the term for referring to the PBS approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Positive behavior
  • Support(s)
  • Terminology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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