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The behavior modification procedures discussed in the remainder of the book are based on the basic behavioral principles reviewed in this section, which include reinforcement, extinction, punishment, stimulus control, and respondent conditioning. Once you understand these basic principles, it will be easier to understand and apply the behavior modification procedures described in later sections. Procedures to Establish New Behaviors One goal of behavior modification is to establish desirable new behaviors or skills.
You will use a duration measure when the 24 Chapter 2 most important aspect of the behavior is how long it lasts. Duration may be reported as percentage of time, which is duration divided by the time of the observation period (Miltenberger, Rapp, & Long, 1999). , 1999; Miltenberger, Long, Rapp, Lumley, & Elliott, 1998). With real-time recording, the researchers have a record of the frequency and duration of the target behavior, as well as the exact timing of each occurrence of the behavior. Realtime recording can be carried out after video recording the target behavior in the observation period.
Mental Illness Some of the earliest research in behavior modification demonstrated its effectiveness in helping people with mental illness in institutional settings (Ayllon, 1963; Ayllon & Michael, 1959). Behavior modification has been used with patients with chronic mental illness to modify such behaviors as daily living skills, social behavior, aggressive behavior, treatment compliance, psychotic behaviors, and work skills (Dixon & Holcomb, 2000; Scotti, McMorrow, & Trawitzki, 1993; Wilder, Masuda, O’Connor, & Baham, 2001).