Explain the theories underlying behaviorism and behavior change.

Unit 4 Assignment
The following course outcomes are assessed with the Unit 4 Assignment:
PS360-1: Identify the principles underlying effective behavior change.
PS360-2: Explain the theories underlying behaviorism and behavior change.
GEL-6.2: Apply a professionally recognized method of formatting and documentation.
For this unit’s Assignment, you will use the concepts in this course to analyze three case studies. You should rely on the textbook readings. Be sure to include other outside research that is from peer-reviewed behavior analytic journals. The case studies are located in the Doc Sharing area.
After reviewing each case study, write out the answers to the following questions for each case:
Case 1: The Case of Bobby
1. Select and identify a target behavior for increase in this case and provide an operational definition.
2. Identify and discuss the reinforcement system at work that is supporting the undesired target behavior. Define operant conditioning and discuss how this method works to increase desired behavior.
3. Select and outline a reinforcement-based intervention for this case and include your rationale for selection. Be sure to include a definition of positive reinforcement and operant conditioning in your discussion.
Case 2: The Case of Jackie
1. Identify the target behavior and provide an operational definition.
2. Both classical and operant conditioning account for Jackie developing this phobia. Pick one and use it to explain why Jackie has remained fearful of dogs.
3. What evidence-based behavior modification program can be designed for Jackie so that she does not experience fear when seeing dogs? What is your rationale for selection?
Case 3: The Case of Emma
1. Identify the target behavior and provide an operational definition.
2. Discuss the principles of operant conditioning that may be maintaining Emma’s current challenging behavior.
3. Describe how you could apply operant conditioning theory to create an evidence-based behavior modification to address Emma’s behavior. Outline all components of the procedure selected and be sure to provide the rationale for its selection based on the information provided in #2.
Your Assignment should be 3–5 pages (not including your title page or references) in 12-point, Times New Roman font. Include citations to avoid plagiarism. It is always necessary to give the author credit.
In addition, please make sure to include a reference page, with a professionally recognized method of formatting and documentation for all sources. Please be sure to use proper APA format for all of your sources. Direct quoting of sources should be kept to a minimum.

Unit 4 Assignment Rubric

Areas shaded in gray connect to a CLA/GEL.
Grading Criteria Points
Possible Points
Clearly identifies and operationally defines the target behavior of each case. 0–30
Clearly identifies the reinforcement system at work in each case supporting the undesired target behavior. 0–36
Clearly identifies an evidence-based behavior modification strategy for each case based on the Reading and provides a rationale for this strategy. 0–45
Structure: Paper includes a title page, introduction with thesis statement, conclusion, and in-text citations and reference page using APA style.
Paper is appropriate in length (body of the paper should be 3–5 pages, not including the title page or reference page).
Paper includes reference to the textbook and any other academic sources used. 0–15
Mechanics: Paper uses Standard American English including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and complete sentences and paragraphs.
Paper is free of typographical errors.
Paper includes a highly developed viewpoint and purpose.
Paper demonstrates superior organization; communication is highly ordered, logical, and unified. 0–14
Total 140
An explanation of the points earned, as well as where the Assignment could be strengthened will be included with your grade.

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