- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Behavioral Modification Treatment
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Behavioral Modification Model
Behavior modification is a treatment model that uses observation or experience to demonstrate behavior change techniques to improve one's behavior. It can be to alter one's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of maladaptive behavior through punishment, and also it can be by therapy.
Edward Thorndike appeared to be the first one to use the term behavioral modification in 1911. Lately, the concept of punishing someone has had many critics, though these critiques tend not to apply to negative punishment (time-outs) and normally apply to the addition of some disgusting event.
Pear and Martin indicate that there are seven characteristics to behavior modification, They are:
- There is a strong accent to define problems in terms of behavior that can be measured somehow.
- The treatment techniques are ways of altering one's current environment to help that person function better.
- The methods and rationales can be described precisely.
- The techniques are often applied in everyday life.
- The techniques are based a lot on principles of learning - specifically operant conditioning and respondent conditioning.
- There is a strong emphasis on a scientific demo that a particular method was responsible for a particular behavior change.
- There is a strong emphasis on responsibility for everyone involved in a behavior modification program.
Note: The above text was informal only. Drug Rehab Services does not refer anyone to this type of therapy. We do not believe that addiction can be cured with the behavioral modification therapy.