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Chapter 13

Chapter 13

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Zachariah Campbell

PSYB45 - Chapter Thirteen Functional Assessment: when using behaviour mod to help a person increase/decrease a behaviour, the first step is to understand why the person engages in the behaviour. You must conduct an assessment of the three-term contingency to determine the antecedent events that evoke the behaviour and the reinforcing consequences that maintain it. Identifying these variables before treating a behaviour is called functional assessment Respondent behaviour is controlled by antecedent stimuli, and operant behaviour is controlled by antecedents and consequences, that make up the three-term contingencies of reinforcement and punishment. Functional assessment is the process of gathering information about the antecedents and consequences that are functionally related to the occurrence of a problem behaviour. It provides info that helps you determine why a problem behaviour is occurring. It also provides detailed info about antecedent stimuli, including the time and place of the behaviour, people present when the behaviour occurs, any environmental events immediately preceding the behaviour and the frequency. This info helps identify the antecedents and reinforcing consequences that maintain the behaviour It provides info about the existences of alternative behaviours that may be functionally equivalent to the behaviour, motivational variables, stimuli that may function as reinforcers for the person, and the history of previous treatments and their outcomes. FOUR CLASSES OF REINFORCING CONSEQUENCES/FUNCTIO
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