• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Group Contingency

Description of the Strategy

A group contingency is a behavior modification strategy wherein consequences for a group are dependent upon the behavior of individuals in that group or the group as a whole. Group contingencies are commonly used when a number of individuals within a group are exhibiting a problem behavior, it is difficult to monitor a behavior either because of limited supervision resources or the behavior is covert, or an individual or group of individuals' problem behavior is wholly or partially maintained by attention or reinforcement from other group members. Group contingencies may be used to increase a desired behavior or decrease an undesired behavior, and they may utilize reward and/or punishment components.

Group contingencies have been generally divided into one ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles