A Systematic Review of Applied Behavior Analytic Interventions for Children with Autism in Mainland China

Yini Liao*, Karola Dillenburger, Wei He, Ying Xu, Hongwei Cai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based intervention is typically utilized to support children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which has been widely used across the world. However, little is known about the current extent of the utilization of applied behavior analysis for children with autism in China. This paper provides a systematic review on the ABA-based intervention studies conducted in Mainland China. Studies published in Chinese and English journals were included, and 35 empirical studies qualified for the selection criteria were analyzed. The results suggest that the Chinese ABA-based programs are generally effective. Among the overall publications on the ABA-based intervention, there is a limited number of empirical studies, but this type of studies increases in recent years. In addition, one characteristic of the Chinese programs is that parental involvement is emphasized. The review also reveals the wide use of non-behavioral eclectic methods and the limit in the experimental design in some Chinese studies. The implications of these findings for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date29 Jan 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Jan 2020


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral intervention
  • China
  • Developmental disorder
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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