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


Description of the Strategy

Self-monitoring refers to the process of systematically attending to one's current actions, thoughts, emotions, or physiological reactions and/or to their immediate antecedents or consequences over a sufficient period of time to allow for comprehensive and reliable sampling. Immediacy, continuity, and relative precision distinguish self-monitoring from typical retrospective self-reports (which are implicitly built upon the accurate recall of prior unsystematic self-monitoring). Self-monitoring, also called self-observation, serves a dual function within clinical behavior therapy in that it refers both to a discovery-oriented technique for self-assessment (e.g., “How many cigarettes per day do I smoke?”) and a method of altering the frequency of monitored activities (e.g., “I shouldn't be smoking that many cigarettes!”).

As a means of self-assessment and self-induced ...

    • 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