Top
20
Doctor insights on: Behavior Modification Techniques For Adults

Share
1

1
What behavior modification techniques are there?

What behavior modification techniques are there?

Stages of Change: Professionals use behaviorism to modify human behaviors as part of a learning or treatment process. Simpler behavior modification techniques involve setting realistic goals, creating plans, and implementing them. Given a good plan, people succeed if they are able to stay in the action phase long enough. Success is continued through a maintenance/monitoring phase. See the "stages of change" chart.

Dr. Johanna Fricke
171 Doctors shared insights

Behavior Modification (Definition)

Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment ...Read more


2

2
Is there a behavior modification technique that gives a child confidence?

Is there a behavior modification technique that gives a child confidence?

Techniques: Is this in all areas of functioning, or just novel or specific situations? Kids know when something is hard for them by kg. "i can't" often avoids a task or direction. Break the task down into parts & say "i'll help you, but I won't do it for you, " if the task is age-appropriate. Ignore the protests; wait 2-3 minutes & calmly re-state "it's time for you to. "not yes, you can! " practice!

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
What are good behavior modification techniques for people who want to lose weight?

What are good behavior modification techniques for people who want to lose weight?

Step 1-alter stimuli: Uncontrolled eating can be triggered by seeing something "tasty" on tv, the web, etc. So avoiding those visual stimuli can help. Likewise removing from the house (if possible) calorie-laden foods can limit weight gain from eating when vulnerable (eg, bored, sleepy, hungry from skipping meal). On the flipside, placing bathroom scales next to the refrigerator can help avoid temptation. More 2 come!

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
Can you suggest some good reading references for adult behavior modification (physical health issues) in a non-clinical setting?

Can you suggest some good reading references for adult behavior modification (physical health issues) in a non-clinical setting?

Health issues: Mind body approaches to health issues include a trip to the doc to rule out or diagnose medical conditions if that has not been done yet. Then consider "Feeling Good" by David Burns for cognitive therapy to help mood disorders. "The Divided Mind" by John Sarno is good for pain. A clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology or behavioral medicine can facilitate this process. Peace

5

5
Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques, which one is more effective for phobias?

Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques, which one is more effective for phobias?

Both are great: Psychotherapy can involve many forms of treatment including behavior modification. Cognitive-behavioral therapy in particular with exposure therapy is often very effective to treat phobias. See your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
What is fading in behavior modification?

What is fading in behavior modification?

As it sounds: Fading is slowly diminishing an old behavior while introducing a new stimulus as a replacement. An example might be cutting back on cigarettes, one less per day, while adding walks when the urge to smoke hits.

7

7
How effective is trevose behavior modification program?

How effective is trevose behavior modification program?

Not effective: There are many other behavioral approaches to psychiatric symptomatology involving behavior modification such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, rapid eye movement therapy, etc.

8

8
What is the definition or description of: behavior modification?

What is the definition or description of: behavior modification?

A Type of Therapy: Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment and/or satiation. Source wikipedia.

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Reward The Positive: Behavior modification theory is based on a simple idea: reward positive and ignore negative behavior. Often used in parenting children. An example: 2 children are playing side-by-side sharing their toys are verbally praised and 5 minutes is added to their play time, a third child refuses to share and is placed in a brief time-out effectively ignoring the negative behavior. Consistency is the key.

10

10
Are systematic desensitization and behavior modification related?

Are systematic desensitization and behavior modification related?

Yes: Desensitization is a technique used for behavior modification. It is highly effective with fears ; phobias.

11

11
What are some good examples of behavior modification to change snacking?

What are some good examples of behavior modification to change snacking?

Snack all the time: An idea that has worked for people is to plan in advance what foods and what quantities you'll be eating for the day. Then, decide to stick with this plan. If possible, place all these foods in one container and snack on it all you want. But, when it's gone you're finished for the day (as you planned it). Some people divide the day's food into 5-6 parts, eating one portion every few hours.

See 3 more doctor answers
12

12
What's behavior modification therapy?

What's behavior modification therapy?

Targets specific: Behaviors using well established learning principles such as positive & negative reinforcement, shaping, exposure, extinction and infrequently, punishment. Usually specific behaviors are targeted such as head banging, tantrums, refusal to participate, etc. These principles are often used in weight loss, cigarette cessation, and shyness training programs. Requires lots of expertise to do well!

13

13
How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

Behavioral Analysis: They rely on applied behavioral analysis (aba), which is based on the theory of behaviorism. The principle of reinforcement is one of the most important aspects of aba. For example, if a behavior is followed closely in time by an event ("stimulus") and this results in an increase in the future frequency of that behavior, the event or stimulus is a positive reinforcer. This is a bit like a reward.

14

14
How does behavior modification help you maintain healthy body weight?

How does behavior modification help you maintain healthy body weight?

Rewards appropriate: Behavior modification is an approach to changing behavior through stimuli to act and reinforcement or lack of reinforcement of actions toward the stimuli or situation (s-r-reward). Principles are demonstrated in one of the classic books on weight loss, "slim chance in a fat world". http://www. Amazon. Com/slim-chance-world-richard-stuart/dp/087822193x/ref=sr_1_1? s=books&ie=utf8&qid=1319243933&sr=1-1.

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Can I reduce risk of getting cancer by behavior modification?

Can I reduce risk of getting cancer by behavior modification?

Absolutely!: Smoking cessation, alcohol avoidance, low fat diets are but a few behavior modifications that are known to reduce the risk of cancer.

16

16
I'm sick and tired of my fat body and desperately want to lose weight. Can behavior modification help?

I'm sick and tired of my fat body and desperately want to lose weight. Can behavior modification help?

Yes...but: You need a multi-tier approach: dietary changes, behavior modifications, increasing exercise, avoid drugs that can cause weight gain... To lose weight successfully, you need a whole-body approach.

See 2 more doctor answers
17

17
Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

Therapy & wt loss: The question is difficult to answer because behavior modification is part of psychotherapy, not an alternative to it. Effective weight loss involves maintaining normal eating patterns, exercise, social support, realistic weight goals, a focus on health rather than appearance, & good self-esteem. Effective programs are comprehensive, long term & address your specific obstacles to success.

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
What does behavior modification therapy do for weight loss?

What does behavior modification therapy do for weight loss?

Strengthen behavior: Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to decide what behavior get what rewards. So make some lists of what works and see my comment below.

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
Is there any difference between behavior therapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

YES: Behavior modification for weight loss is more specific to the goal at hand, i.e. Weight loss. For instance - not eating after 6 pm. Behavior therapy can deal with behavioral problems of more general every day nature.

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Done right both work: Operant conditioning is a form of behavior modification. Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to set up what behaviors get what rewards.

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Lawrence Smith
803 Doctors shared insights

Behavior Therapy (Definition)

Behavior therapy seeks to target the symptoms or behaviors that are troublesome, based upon the principles of behavior modification, rather than attempting ...Read more