ERIC Number: ED130169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-6
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Contracting Within the Families of Delinquents.
Stuart, Richard B.
The technique of behavioral contracting is recommended as a highly effective, readily applied technique for use in efforts to strengthen the control of family and school over the behavior of delinquents. A behavioral contract is a means of scheduling the exchange of positive reinforcements among two or more persons. The use of behavioral contracts is predicated upon four assumptions: (1) receipt of positive reinforcements in interpersonal exchanges is a privilege rather than a right; (2) effective interpersonal contracts are governed by the norm of reciprocity; (3) the value of an interpersonal exchange is the direct function of the range, rate and magnitude of the positive reinforcements mediated by that exchange; and (4) rules create freedom in interpersonal exchanges. Behavioral contracts consist of five elements--precise statements of the privileges, responsibilities, sanctions and bonuses of each signatory as well as a means of monitoring events relevant to the agreement. The use of a behavioral contract with one delinquent girl is described and analyzed using Markovian methods. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Mental Health, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (78th, Miami Beach, Florida, September, 1970)