Identify a behavior you would like to change using self-management. It can be one of your own behaviors or a hypothetical behavior. Identify the behavior targeted for change and describe how self-management can be used to change a behavior. Then, create a self-management plan to change your behavior; include all of the following:

Define the target behavior to be changed using a 1-2 sentence operational definition. List competing behaviors.
Set your goal.
Develop your self-monitoring plan. How will you collect data on the behavior?
Functional assessment: Offer your interpretation of what the antecedents and consequences are for the target behavior and competing behaviors. If the target behavior is a behavior excess you are hoping to decrease, what do you think is currently controlling the behavior (e.g., what antecedent and what reinforcer)? If the target behavior is a behavior deficit you are hoping to increase, what antecedents need to cue the behavior and what consequences need to reinforce it?
Choose appropriate self-management strategies. Include one antecedent intervention and one contingency-based intervention.
A description of how you will evaluate your plan and what you will do if your self-management strategies do not work.

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Review two of your classmates’ posts to assess the following:

Critique your peer’s target behavior definition – does it pass the criteria for a target behavior definition? Critique your peer’s goal – is the timing and level of change appropriate? Critique your peer’s plan to change his or her behavior and offer one possible alternative behavior change tactic.

Victoria Williams posted May 26, 2020 10:16 PM
Hello everyone,

This unit we went over self-management, according to Miltenberger (2016) self-management is a series of behavior modification procedures used by a person to change his or her own behavior. In a self-management strategy, the person engages in a behavior that alters an antecedent or consequence of the target or alternative behavior.

For my target behavior, I’ve chosen exercise, I need to start moving with a purpose. I do the typical movements when cleaning and running errands but I need to start doing something that helps with weight loss because since I turned 28 my metabolism isn’t what it used to be unfortunately and in the past year, I have gained 35 lbs. The particular exercise I want to focus on is cardio so let’s say running/ jogging to narrow it down a little because saying exercise can be a broad term, to begin with when trying to incorporate new behavior into daily life. The competing behaviors are:

Watching TV
Playing with my daughter
Playing with my dog
Cleaning the house
Running errands
My goal would be to go for a walk/jog 4 times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each.

To keep myself on track I would keep a schedule hung up so that I can document when I have completed my goal of walking/ or jogging for a minimum of 20 minutes.

My competing behaviors are maintained by negative reinforcement (I get anxious when I leave my house without a purpose such as going to the store or doing something for someone) idle time is something I am not used to having so I feel like there is something more productive that I should be doing.

I would be applying positive reinforcement for meeting my goal, for each week that I meet my goal I will reward myself with a large iced Chai Latte with soy milk from Starbucks.

Lauren Forte posted May 26, 2020 12:48 PM
Self-management strategies are used to build our independence. This gives us the ability to engage in monitoring own our behavior, completing a self-evaluation, and how to complete self-reinforcement. We are learning how to be in control over our own behavior. “The goal of self-management strategies is to increase the current level of the deficit behavior so that the positive outcome can be achieved for the person in the future.” (Miltenberger, 2016)

Target Behavior: Binge- Eating

Operational Definition: The repeated act of skipping meals to complete more desirable tasks, causing over eating during a meal.

Competing Behavior: eating more junk food, skipping meals when you sense that you are hungry.

Long Term Negative Effect: fatigue, potential for excessive weight gain.

Self-Management Plan

Use a chart to track how many meals are skipped a day for a period of two weeks. Monitor hunger cues in correlation with desired behaviors. Track how not eating makes you feel. We are also going to track behavior before and after missing a meal.

Goal: to eat small meals/healthy snacks during the day to prevent binge eating at dinner time.

Functional Assessment:

Antecedent: The desire to complete tasks that are required during the day.

Behavior: Breakfast and Lunch are skipped as a result.

Consequence: At dinner I will over eat or binge eat.

Self-management strategies

Antecedent intervention: Monitoring mood and appetite changes. Get your snack.

Contingency-based intervention: Reward yourself. Get a drink from Starbucks on Mon, Wed and Fri when I go a week following my goal plan.

Plan B if my plan does not work. I am going to elicit the help of an accountability partner. Someone who is non bias and that will help me seek out new achievable results. Afterwards a new functional assessment should be completed to find relevant antecedent and consequences that will modify my future behavior.

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