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Case Study/Behaviorist aApproach

CASE: A child that you are working with is four years old and has not had much discipline from his parents. He is out of control and will not listen to any authority figures. He throws temper tantrums when someone tells him what to do and will scream at the top of his lungs if he does not like something. He will be entering school soon and the school will not allow him in the class with this behavior.

QUESTIONS: How, specifically, would the behaviorist approach to this child differ from other psychological models? Using the principles of behavioral theory what would be the goals of treatment, and how would you respond to this situation? Explain the steps you would take to work with this child. Make sure that you explain each step in detail. Finally, what are the strengths and weaknesses of your particular approach to this case study?

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CASE: A child that you are working with is four years old and has not had much discipline from his parents. He is out of control and will not listen to any authority figures. He throws temper tantrums when someone tells him what to do and will scream at the top of his lungs if he does not like something. He will be entering school soon and the school will not allow him in the class with this behavior.

(1) How, specifically, would the behaviorist approach to this child differ from other psychological models?

Kidwell, Young, Hinkle, Ratliff, Marcum, & Martin (2010) assert that emotional competence play a key role in early childhood development that will have implications for their behavior in a school setting. For example, behaviors such as hyperactivity, oppositional behaviors are viewed as a breakdown in emotional skills development. The emotions underlying these behaviors according to Kidwell et al include: (a) knowing one's own affective states, (b) understanding the emotions of others, (c) and being able to express feelings through vocabulary (392). Pre-school children may have an attachment to parents that prevent them from expressing themselves ...

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This solutin discusses a case from a behaviorist perpective. The goals of treatment utilizing this approach are discussed.

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