Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Antecedents and Consequences of Behaviour

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_234


The set of factors that occurred temporally before and after a behavioral event or experience. The antecedents may contribute to an individuals expectations for the future, and the behavioral responses that are received in close proximity to an event can serve to influence subsequent responses and experiences. Thus, the antecedents and consequences play a role in determining the onset, maintenance, and exacerbation of inappropriate behaviours, or contribute to appropriate and adaptive responses to similar situations and sensations in the future.

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