• Summary
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  • Subject index

Behavior Change in the Human Services, Fifth Edition continues to provide a systematic introduction and overview of behavioral and cognitive principles and their applications to a wide range of problems and situations encountered in the human service professions. Designed for students and practitioners, the book uses a unique problem-solving framework to demonstrate how behavior change principles can be applied to practice situations. The book features a detailed and sequential organization that encourages readers to move progressively through material of increasing complexity and to conduct self-assessments of their knowledge. The Fifth Edition includes eight clinical case studies and many new and engaging examples that address issues such as substance abuse, child behavior problems, assertiveness, marital discord, and developing appropriate social behaviors.


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.


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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