Behavior Modification--What It Is and How to Do It / Edition 6

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This popular introduction to behavior modification offers readers personal, "hands-on" experience with the principles of behavior modification and their application to everyday concerns -- from helping children and adults learn life's necessary -- or coping -- skills, to solving some of their own personal behavior problems. Easy to read and filled with numerous real-life examples, it features extensive descriptions and "how-to" guidelines for the particulars of program design, implementation, and evaluation. Focuses on principles of behavior modification and detailed "how-to" strategies, but discusses theoretical issues and empirical support in separate Notes and Extended Discussions. Contains numerous summary guidelines for applying behavioral principles to solve a wide variety of problems in many settings with different populations. Features an entire chapter that itemizes the steps in the behavior modification from referral to follow-up. Includes numerous references to applications in a wide variety of professional areas. Contains detailed descriptions of different types of programs -- e.g., token economies, self-control programs, cognitive treatments, case studies, etc. Offers detailed treatment of ethical issues. An ideal reference/handbook for counselors, clinical psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, applied behavior analysts, developmental disabilities workers, psychiatric nurses, elementary school teachers, special education teachers, behavior managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, social workers, and psychiatrists.

Incl. anxiety disorders/agoraphobia; OCDs; habit disorders; gerontology; parenting; study Q's/discussions etc

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Addressed towards college students of behavioral analysis and of the various helping professions such as education, counseling, nursing, social work, speech therapy, clinical psychology, and occupational therapy, this book examines the theoretical underpinnings, basic principles, and procedures of behavior modification and offers practical advice on applications. Twenty-nine chapters explore a wide variety of topics including: case histories drawn from the fields of child development, developmental disabilities, childhood autism, education, and adult adjustment; procedures for assessing, recording, and graphing behavior; advice on developing programs in a wide variety of settings; self control and de-sensitization exercises; the history of behavior modification; and ethical issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130807427
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/6/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction.
2. Areas of Application: An Overview.


3. Getting a Behavior to Occur More Often with Positive Reinforcement.
4. Decreasing a Behavior with Extinction.
5. Getting a New Behavior to Occur: An Application of Shaping.
6. Developing Behavioral Persistence through the Use of Intermittent Reinforcement.
7. Types of Intermittent Reinforcement to Decrease Behavior.
8. Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time and Place Is a Matter for Stimulus Discrimination Learning.
9. Developing Appropriate Behavior with Fading.
10. Developing and Maintaining Behavior with Conditioned Reinforcement.
11. Getting a New Behavior to Occur with Behavioral Chaining.
12. Transferring Behavior to New Settings and Making It Last: Generality of Behavior Change.
13. Eliminating Inappropriate Behavior through Punishment.
14. Establishing a Desirable Behavior by Using Escape and Avoidance Conditioning.
15. Procedures Based on Principles of Respondent Conditioning.


16. Capitalizing on Existing Stimulus Control: Rules and Goals.
17. Capitalizing on Existing Stimulus Control: Modeling, Guidance, and Situational Inducement.


18. Behavioral Assessment: Initial Considerations.
19. Direct Behavioral Assessment: What to Record and How.
20. Functional Assessment of the Causes of Problem Behavior.
21. Doing Research in Behavior Modification.


22. Planning, Applying, and Evaluating a Treatment Program.
23. Token Economies.
24. Helping an Individual to Develop Self-Control.
25. Systematic Self-Desensitization.
26. Cognitive Behavior Modification.
27. Areas of Clinical Behavior Therapy.


28. Giving It All Some Perspective: A Brief History.
29. Ethical Issues.
Author Index.
Subject Index.
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