Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Behavior Management

  • Glenn S. AshkanaziEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2072


Techniques used to control or modify an action or performance of a subject. This is a less-intensive version of behavior modification in which the goal is to develop, strengthen, maintain, decrease, or eliminate behaviors in a planned or systematic way. Behavior management skills are particularly important to enhance the probability that individuals, or groups, choose behaviors that are prosocial. Prosocial behaviors are typically seen as personally fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable. The process typically includes identifying negative behaviors, raising awareness about alternative behaviors, and changing the environment by modifying antecedents to behaviors or the consequences. Persons surviving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often have behavioral disturbances such as disinhibition and/or agitation. Due to learning impairments as a result of their TBI, the traditional behavior management approaches, which are based on learning theory principles, are modified....

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Clinical and Health Psychology ClinicCollege of Public Health and Health ProfessionsUniversity of Florida, GainesvilleUSA