The right to effective treatment for people with developmental disabilities and severe problem behaviors.

Although Van Houten and colleagues (1988a, 1988b) generated two separate publications with identical content under the title “The Right to Effective Treatment,” five other rights were included. To determine the impact on research, we measured an objective outcome—the number of citations since publication in both The Behavior Analyst and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. We presented citations for each year from 1989 until December 2016, some 28 years later. There appears to be an increasing trend in the citation of Van Houten et al. (1988a; 1988b) over the years. Finally, to determine the impact of the policy on practice, we attempted to compare the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (the Code; Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2017) with the six rights in Van Houten et al. (1988a; 1988b). The Code clearly covers all six rights. We then proposed several recommendations and a checklist to be used in clinical settings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)