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Ch 23-b45
Defining the behavioral contract
A behavioral contract is a written agreement between two parties in which one or
both parties agree to engage in a specified level of a target behavior. The contract
states the consequence that will be administered contingent on the occurrence of the
behavior.
Components of a behavioral contract
1.Identify the target behaviors: define clearly the target behaviors involved in
the contract. The target behaviors in the contract must be stated in clear
objective terms.
2.Stating how the target behaviors will be measured: must have objective
evidence of the occurrence of the target behaviors. clients must be able to
prove that the target behaviors did or did not occur so that the contingencies
can be implemented correctly. Permanent products of behaviors or direct
observation and documentation of the behavior by the contract manager or by
an agreed upon third party. If the target behaviors are measured objectively,
there can be no ambiguity about their occurrence or nonoccurrence
3.Stating when the behavior must be performed: must have a time frame that
states when the behavior must occur.
4.Identifying the reinforcement of punishment contingency: the contract
manager uses positive or negative reinforcement or positive or negative
punishment to help the client perform the target behavior stated in the
contract. The client agrees to a specified level of the target behavior and
further agrees that a specific reinforcing or punishing consequence will be
administered contingent on the target behavior.
5.Identifying who will implement the contingency: one party agrees to engage
in a specified level of the target behavior and the other party implements the
reinforcement or punishment contingency state in the contract. The contract
states clearly who will implement the contingency for the target behavior.
Types of behavioral contracts
2 types: one party and two party
one party contracts: one person seeks to change a target behavior and arranges
reinforcement or punishment contingencies with a contract manager who
implements the contingencies. The contract manager may be a psychologist,
counselor or other helping professional or the contract manager bay be a friend or
family member who agrees to carry out the term of the contract. It may not be wise
for friends or family members to server as contract managers. The person best
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Ch 23-b45 Defining the behavioral contract A behavioral contract is a written agreement between two parties in which one or both parties agree to engage in a specified level of a target behavior. The contract states the consequence that will be administered contingent on the occurrence of the behavior. Components of a behavioral contract 1. Identify the target behaviors: define clearly the target behaviors involved in the contract. The target behaviors in the contract must be stated in clear objective terms. 2. Stating how the target behaviors will be measured: must have objective evidence of the occurrence of the target behaviors. clients must be able to prove that the target behaviors did or did not occur so that the contingencies can be implemented correctly. Permanent products of behaviors or direct observation and documentation of the behavior by the contract manager or by an agreed upon third party. If the target behaviors are measured objectively, there can be no ambiguity about their occurrence or nonoccurrence 3. Stating when the behavior must be performed: must have a time frame that states when the behavior must occur. 4. Identifying the reinforcement of punishment contin
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