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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.

Conditioned Reinforcement and Chaining
Conditioned reinforcement and chaining

Drew, a child in a group home for children with developmental disabilities, was given some tokens as positive reinforcers for performing household chores. Drew dropped one token on the floor and left the rest on the table. The houseparent concluded that the token did not function as a generalized conditioned reinforcer for Drew.


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

  • Describe a procedure for establishing a generalized conditioned reinforcer for a client.
  • Compare the use of conditioned reinforcers and unconditioned reinforcers in maintaining behavior change in the client's environment.
  • Describe a procedure to establish a neutral stimulus as a conditioned reinforcer.
  • Give an example of a problem that can be analyzed as a stimulus-response chain.
Conditioned Reinforcement

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