The Behaviourist Approach to the Problematic Behaviour of Children



This chapter contains two sections. The first and larger of the two deals with the problem of reducing or eliminating a child’s inappropriate or undesirable behaviour. It also explains how to recognise when behaviour is truly problematic and when not, and examines the nature and effects of punishment.

The second section of this chapter deals with the promotion of behaviour that is acceptable and desirable. It begins with an explanation of a child’s use of imitation and then moves on to look briefly at training children in social skills.


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© John R. Mayhew 1997

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