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The Reasons for Inappropriate Behavior
In a 5- to 8-page paper, discuss the target behavior SELF INJURIOUS BEHAVIORS (SIB) and address the following:

  1. Briefly discuss the operational definition of your target behavior and whether you would like to increase or decrease the frequency of this behavior.


  1. What is maintaining the target behavior excess or deficit you identified? Can you think of anything that motivates you to either not engage in or to increase the frequency of the target behavior?


  1. How do you think the target behavior was initially learned (i.e., operant versus respondent conditioning)? Please support your choice with references and additional literature.


  1. What are your current ideas for modifying the behavior? How do you plan to increase a behavioral deficit or decrease a behavioral excess? Considering the target behavior identified, what type of ethical issues might arise that you should consider?


  1. Provide a realistic assessment of how effective you think you will be when attempting to modify the target behavior. Be sure to address the overall frequency and severity of the behavior.

Assignments must use an essay format, 12-point font, and double spacing. APA format and citations are required.
The paper should:

  • Follow Assignment directions (review grading rubric for best results).


  • Use correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition.


  • Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard American English.


  • Be written in Standard American English and be clear, specific, and error-free.
  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Main Body of the paper (5- to 8-pages (TITLE PAGE AND REFERNCE NOT INCLUDED)
  • Reference Page


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