Frequently Asked Questions About Behavior Modification


Eileen Bailey Health Guide March 19, 2009

What is Behavior Modification?

Behavior Modification is a term used to describe a program that is set up to increase the frequency of acceptable behaviors and decrease the frequency of unacceptable behaviors.  It is normally used with a reward and consequence structure.  Positive feedback and rewards are given on an immediate basis for “good” behavior.  

Behavior modification is based on the premise that all individuals want to please others and feel good about themselves. 

What does a behavior modification program consist of?

A basic behavior modification program consists of goals, rewards and consequences.  Some programs use charts to monitor the progress, while others can use a game of sorts to help improve a certain behavior.  No matter what the method used, a behavior modification program should consist of the following:

  • A specific targeted behavior
  • A goal
  • An understanding of expectations on the part of the parent and the child
  • Set reward for acceptable behavior
  • Consequence for unacceptable behavior
  • Time limit

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