Behavioral Contracting

Description of the Strategy

Behavior contracting is a strategy implemented between two (or more) people to increase desired behaviors for one of those individuals. More specifically, behavior contracting is a form of contingency management in which behavior-consequence relationships are made more overt. For example, when a student has a history of not following the expectations of the classroom environment, the teacher may want to implement a behavior contract to target specific behaviors, such as tardiness, work completion, or following directions, and specify consequences for adequate and inadequate displays of these behaviors. Similar to the ways in which adults enter into contracts for goods and services, such as buying a house, leasing a vehicle, or opening a credit card account, behavior contracts provide all ...

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