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Punishment
Punishment

Edward, a single father, complained to a therapist at a counseling center that he found it impossible to discipline Stephen, his 10-year-old son. Stephen frequently hit his younger sister, Dianne, making her cry. Stephen broke Dianne's toys during two recent incidents. On several occasions when Edward intervened to stop Stephen from hitting Dianne, Stephen cursed and kicked him. Verbal reprimands, threats, and lecturing failed to stop Stephens undesired behaviors.

Objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Give an example of the two types of punishment procedures, including the criterion for evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Given a case example, identify the punishment procedure and label its relevant components.
  • Give an example that compares extinction with negative punishment.
  • Given a case example, describe how the effectiveness of ...

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