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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.

Positive Reinforcement Contingencies
Positive reinforcement contingencies

Lenora frequently invites her friends for coffee in the morning, but she rarely gives her children breakfast. Lenora can increase the rate of giving her children breakfast if inviting her friends over is made contingent on her making breakfast for her children.


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

  • Give an example of a positive reinforcement contingency.
  • Compare self-control reinforcement contingencies with accidental reinforcement contingencies.
  • Define and give an example of the Premack Principle.
  • Compare resistance to extinction for a response maintained on a continuous schedule of reinforcement versus an intermittent schedule of reinforcement.
  • Describe how to schedule the delivery of reinforcement to maintain a response after it has been established, given a case example.
Behavioral Contingencies and Positive Reinforcement

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