Contingency Contracts

A contingency contract, or ‘behavioral’ contract, is a clearly written document specifying available rewards or consequences that are contingent upon the performance of a certain behavior. The use of a contingency contract is a behavioral management technique that is effective in modifying a multitude of behaviors performed in a variety of settings. A contract is based on simple behavioral principles but provides a complex intervention package. Implementing the key components and procedures outlined in this entry will enhance the effectiveness of a contingency contract.

Contingency contracts have been used in a variety of situations to increase the occurrence of appropriate/ desired behavior, healthy behavior, or compliance. These types of contracts are effective in avariety of settings, including classrooms, schools, households, and clinic settings. Many individuals can ...

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