Title

Internalized Homophobia in a Gay Male Through the Lens of Contextual Behaviorism: A Case Example

Date of Award

6-7-2016

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Terri M. Davis

First Committee Member

Hale Martin

Second Committee Member

Melissa Henston

Keywords

Functional contextualism, functional relations, internalized homophobia, middle aged gay male

Abstract

Hypothetical constructs are used in many traditional psychological theories to explain causal relationship, behavior, and psychological events. These events typically occur in realms outside of an observable event fields and create a dualistic account of causation. Functional contextualism eschews the use of hypothetical constructs and instead relies on the use of abstractive constructs to describe functional relations in observable event fields to understand behavioral relationships through a monistic framework. This paper provides a theoretical example of conceptualizing the abstractive construct of internalized homophobia from a behavioral lens. A case example has been provided to help illustrate case conceptualization of internalized homophobia from a behavioral perspective and details behavioral interventions used with a middle aged gay male during the course of treatment.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

43 pages

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