Behavioural psychology

A family has three young children, ages 4, 5, and 6, who play together frequently. Often when one of the children, Hillary, doesn’t get her way, or if one of the other children is playing with her favorite toy, she engages in tantrum behavior. She cries and demands to get her way or get her toy back and sometimes throws toys. As a result, she gets her way or one of the parents settles the dispute and the children continue to play.

Describe the timeout procedure you would teach Hillary’s parents to decrease her tantrum behavior.

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Patrick, an adult with intellectual disability, lived in a group home and worked in a community job. A problem that Patrick exhibited in the group home was refusal to complete training activities such as grooming and household tasks. He was most likely to refuse when younger staff made requests to him. When older staff made requests, he was typically compliant. Because requests from younger staff appeared to be a reliable antecedent to the problem behavior, the supervisor decided to have only the older staff work with Patrick.

What is the problem with this antecedent procedure?

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