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Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles and Procedures in Behavior Modification

Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles and Procedures in Behavior Modification

Edward P. Sarafino

ISBN: 978-1-118-21481-7

Nov 2011

496 pages



Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles & Procedures for Modifying Behavior provides today’s students with a handbook to help them design and conduct interventions to modify behaviors when they enter professional careers. This text will serve as a resource for students who plan to become behavior analysts to design and conduct interventions to change clients’ behaviors.

Author, Ed Sarafino provides an understanding of the fundamental techniques of applied behavior analysis by presenting its concepts and procedures in a logical sequence and giving clear definitions and examples of each technique.  The text will guide students to learn,

  •  how to identify and define the behavior to be changed and how a response is determined by its antecedents and consequences,
  • usable, practical skills by specifically stating the purpose of each technique, describing how it is carried out, and presenting guidelines and tips to maximize its effectiveness,
  • why and how to design a program to change a behavioral deficit or excess by conducting a functional assessment and then selecting and combining techniques that can be directed at the behavior itself and its antecedents and consequences, and,
  • to illustrate why and how to collect and analyze data.

Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles & Procedures for Modifying Behavior is available in alternate versions (eBooks and custom) for professors and students.  For more information, visit the “Instructor’s Resource” tab or “Student Resource” tab below.

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PART I Introducing Applied Behavior Analysis.

Chapter 1 What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Chapter 2 Identifying and Assessing Target Behaviors.

Chapter 3 Using Data and Research Methods in Behavior Analysis.

Chapter 4 Some Areas of Effective Application.

PART II Basic Operant Principles.

Chapter 5 Reinforcement: Positive and Negative.

Chapter 6 Extinction.

Chapter 7 Punishment.

Chapter 8 Antecedents: Stimulus Control.

Chapter 9 Motivation.

PART III Methods to Establish New Operant Behaviors.

Chapter 10 Shaping.

Chapter 11 Shortcut Stimulus Control Methods.

Chapter 12 Chaining Behaviors.

PART IV Methods for Modifying Operant Behaviors.

Chapter 13 Functional Assessment and Program Design.

Chapter 14 Managing Antecedents.

Chapter 15 Using Basic Reinforcement Procedures to Increase a Behavior.

Chapter 16 Using Advanced Reinforcement Procedures to Increase a Behavior.

Chapter 17 Using Extinction, Differential Reinforcement, and Habit Reversal to Decrease a Behavior.

Chapter 18 Using Time-Out and Response-Cost Punishment to Decrease a Behavior.

Chapter 19 Using Positive Punishment to Decrease a Behavior.

Chapter 20 Maximizing and Maintaining Operant Behavior Changes.

PART V Respondent Behaviors and Ways to Change Them.

Chapter 21 Respondent Conditioning.

Chapter 22 Changing Respondent Behaviors.

PART VI Specialized Topics in Behavior Analysis.

Chapter 23 Biofeedback.

Chapter 24 Behavioral Contracts and Self-Management.

Chapter 25 Token Economies.

Chapter 26 Rule-Governed and Verbal Behavior.

PART VII Current Concerns and Future Issues.

Chapter 27 Dilemmas and Ethics.

Chapter 28 Future Challenges for the Field and You.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

  • Chapters on Biofeedback, Token Economies, and Rule-Governed and Verbal Behavior.
  • An entire chapter with detailed reasons, procedures, and data forms for doing a functional assessment of a behavior, enabling students to define a behavior and determine its antecedents and consequences. This chapter includes how to interpret data from a functional analysis with graphed examples.
  • A Chapter on how to move forward with additional training and certification in applied behavior analysis.
  • Case Studies in almost every chapter describe the application of behavior analysis methods with specific individuals to make behavior problems and the procedures to change them concrete.
  • Close-Up boxes present theoretical or controversial issues and in-depth conceptual topics.
  • Approximately two Concept Check per chapter, to test students’ basic grasp of the concepts and procedures in the preceding sections (answers provided at the chapters’ end). Questions include “critical thinking” items, asking students of examples from their reading or their own lives.
  • Lists of Tips in half of the chapters on how to apply specific techniques.
  • A online student study guide, housed on the student’s companion website (