ERIC Number: ED106684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Contingency Contracting and Operant Behavior Change: An Exercise in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Mann, Ronald A.
Until recently, the use of contingency contracting has been largely an issue of theory and discussion with little experimental research evidence gathered to support efficacy. Two major reasons for this problem are suggested and discussed: (1) the concept of contingency contracting has not been adequately defined nor its minimal requirements delineated in terms of an applied behavior analysis; (2) the applications of contingency contracting have not been clearly distinguished from other types of contingency management procedures. This paper resolves the above problems by presenting a set of definitive requirements of contingency contracting from an operant point of view. Accordingly, it focuses attention on the importance of both the discovery and control of relevant consequences of adult behaviors in their natural settings and the reliable measurement of those behaviors. Finally, the paper draws attention to the special characteristics of this technique which distinguish its applications from other types of contingency management procedures. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 1974)