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University of Guelph
Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 3150
Michelle Preyde

Page 1 of 3 January 10, 2013 FRHD 3150- 01 January 10, 2013 3:35 PM  Objectives o Chapter 1 o Chapter 2  What is behaviour o Human behaviour is highly complex (ie. Phobias) o The way in which a person reacts to the environment o The way in which an organism works (something the person is doing) o Anything a person does or says o Any muscular, glandular, or electrical activity o Overt behaviour--> something visible  Dimension of the behaviour--> something that is measurable  Intensity, frequency, see if there is changes over time o Martin & Pear  Covert behaviours or cognitive behaviours (something inside the mind)  Thoughts  Feelings o Not only those observable things o Triangle with: (a) behaviour, (b) feelings/affect, (c)thoughts/ cognition  Products of behaviour o It is important to separate "products of behaviour" from "behaviour" o Ie. Exercising is a behaviour; losing weight is a product of behaviour  Behavioural labels o It is important to separate "behavioural labels" from actual behaviours o Ie. "hardworking" is a behavioural label; "depression" is a behavioural label  Examples o Clapping= overt behaviour o Riding a bike= overt behaviour o Being tired= product of behaviour o Laughing= responsive behaviour o Yelling= behaviour o Angry= covert behaviour; behavioural label; product of behaviour  Behavioural assessment o Involves the collection and analysis of info and data in order to:  Identify and describe target behaviours  Identify possible causes of the behaviour  Guide the selection of an appropriate behavioural treatment  Evaluate the treatment outcome o Ie. Tantrum in grocery store  Tantrum is the target behaviour  Cause= child not getting what they want  Solution= be careful how you respond; want to look at the bigger causes; might have to backtrack when looking at the causes Page 2 of 3  Behaviour assessment and modification as a science o Define problems in terms of a behaviour that can be measured (observable components) o Objective description of behaviour (don't try to incur the reason because it might be hard to tell)--> what the therapist/ counsellor is seeing; should be the same for everyone who works with the child o Subjective comments--> what you think might be going on; different therapists may have diffe
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