• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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.

Specifying Behavior
Specifying behavior

Shortly after the midterm grades came out, a teacher referred Robert to the school social worker, describing Robert as “inattentive in the classroom, poorly motivated, and having low self-esteem.” The social worker wondered what Robert did or said that led to this description.

Hayley told the therapist that she felt “nervous all the time.” Her nervousness increased as it came closer to the time her husband, Jason, came home from work each day.


After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Distinguish between vague and behaviorally specific statements.
  • Describe events according to observable or measurable behaviors or responses.
  • Rewrite vague statements into behaviorally specific ones.
  • Specify measures of response strength using rate, duration, and intensity.
Overt and Covert Behaviors

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