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Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures, 5th Edition

  • Raymond G. Miltenberger
  • ISBN-10: 1111306117
  • ISBN-13: 9781111306113
  • 672 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2001
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

This text uses the principles of behavior modification to teach the procedures of behavior modification, illustrating them with key case studies and examples. Its precise, step-by-step approach includes practical information on the technologies used to measure and record behavior changes. The book also provides numerous opportunities for students to practice, including practice tests, application and misapplication exercises, and three quizzes at the end of every chapter.


  • The chapters on behavioral principles (chapters 4–8) and procedures (chapters 9–25) include a "For Further Reading" feature. Each of these features identifies and briefly describes one or more interesting articles relevant to the chapter content, and provides citations. Articles are from JABA (or JEAB) so can be easily accessed online by students. (The JABA website is Instructors can assign these articles for extra credit or when more advanced students are using the textbook.

  • The text's unique organization is based on the principle that students better understand the procedures of behavior modification after first learning the fundamental principles. Chapters 4–8 review the principles underlying operant and respondent behavior, while chapters 9–25 discuss the application of these principles.

  • Miltenberger presents a wide variety of examples using different populations in multiple settings--including college students, school-age children, and people with developmental disabilities--providing a uniquely wide lens through which to consider behavior modification principles.

  • "Application Exercises" at the end of each procedures chapter (Chapters 2, 3, and 9–25) provide real-life cases followed by questions that ask students to apply the procedures that are described. "Misapplication Exercises" follow each of the "Application Exercises," providing case studies that ask students to analyze what's wrong with the procedure being applied to the case. Answers to both sets of exercises appear in the Instructor's Manual.

  • "Self-Assessment Questions" throughout the text are designed to help students assess their understanding of the material by giving them the chance to work with familiar, everyday examples of behavior from tables. In most cases, answers are presented immediately following the question.

About the Author

Raymond G. Miltenberger

Raymond G. Miltenberger received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1985 from Western Michigan University. He is currently a professor and director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida. Dr. Miltenberger conducts applied behavior analysis research with his students and publishes widely in the areas of sports and fitness, functional assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders, and self-protection skills training. He utilizes behavior modification in clinical work with children and individuals with intellectual disability.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Behavior Modification.
2. Observing and Recording Behavior.
3. Graphing Behavior and Measuring Change.
4. Reinforcement.
5. Extinction.
6. Punishment.
7. Stimulus Control: Discrimination and Generalization.
8. Respondent Conditioning.
9. Shaping.
10. Prompting and Transfer of Stimulus Control.
11. Chaining.
12. Behavioral Skills Training Procedures.
13. Understanding Problem Behaviors through Functional Assessment.
14. Applying Extinction.
15. Differential Reinforcement.
16. Antecedent Control Procedures.
17. Using Punishment: Time-Out and Response Cost.
18. Positive Punishment Procedures and the Ethics of Punishment.
19. Promoting Generalization.
20. Self-Management.
21. Habit Reversal Procedures.
22. The Token Economy.
23. Behavioral Contracts.
24. Fear and Anxiety Reduction Procedures.
25. Cognitive Behavior Modification.

New to this edition

  • This edition has been updated throughout with recent references.
  • Quizzes have been placed at the end of the book on color-tabbed and perforated pages so that they can easily be removed, completed, and submitted.
  • Chapter 2 includes a new discussion of social validity and use of technology in data collection. In addition, it now uses the more accepted term "interobserver agreement" instead of "interobserver reliability," and discusses two more methods for conducting IOA (occurrence only and nonoccurrence only).
  • Chapter 3 includes a new discussion of recent publications that describe the use of Excel® for graphing, information on variations of the ABAB reversal design, and new coverage of nonconcurrent multiple baseline across subjects design.
  • Chapter 4 includes a new discussion of motivating operations (MO) as an update for the term establishing operation (EO). Chapter 16 also discusses MO, expanding on that chapter's discussion of EO.
  • Chapter 10 now presents a discussion of prompting and fading for use in autism.
  • Chapter 11 includes a brief new section on video modeling, and Chapter 12 has a brief new section on in situ assessment.
  • Chapter 14 includes new coverage and examples of how ext is applied to positive versus negative reinforcement.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

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