What Terms We Need To Understand When Changing Teen’s Behaviors_Part II

To Review, there are three contingencies of reinforcers; immediacy, consistency and constancy. These are the aspects of reinforcers that create change. I’ve related all of them to increasing positive behaviors by applying the contingencies to each behavior you want to increase. The same arrangement works to decrease negative behaviors, if the contingencies are applied using punishments. …

What Terms We Need To Understand When Changing Teen’s Behaviors–Part I

This is the first of a three-part series of articles introducing an approach to changing teenager’s behavior. I’ve been a child psychologist for twenty-seven years. During that time, I’ve evolved a system for dealing with children. It involves some basic reinforcement strategies, but it also has some new ideas. People tell me they want the nuts …