Treatment Phase Report Assignment

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Behavior Modification Project: Treatment Phase Report Assignment Instructions
Overview
Treat your target behavior, using the treatment method(s) that you have researched in this course. Use the time available to you to treat it, whether it is one week or two. Then prepare and submit your Behavioral Modification Project: Treatment Phase Report Assignment, which will consist of the following 6 parts. Use Level One headings to differentiate the parts.
Instructions
1. Target Behavior: The target behavioral definition is clear and measurable. Examples are cited if clarification is needed. [Description]
2. Treatment Method: The treatment method is described clearly and concisely.
[Description]
3. Treatment Period: Dates and/or time stated in the description and labeled on the x axis of the graph. For the treatment graph, both the baseline and the treatment phases should be shown with phase lines between the two. [Description and Graph]
4. Experiment Narrative: Described the logistics and process of the experimental treatment phase (the research design – AB or ABAB, schedules of treatment, confounding variables that may have impacted the experiment). [Description and Graph]
5. Dimension(s): The logical dimension(s) (Frequency – Intensity – Duration – Latency) that were observed and recorded during the treatment phase are clearly and consistently stated and shown, labeled on the y axis of the graph.[Description and graph]
6. Summary of Treatment: Clearly and completely, but concisely, verbally summarize the treatment of the target behavior and show the results of the experiment. [Description and Graph]
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APA Formatted Title Page Comment by Conner, Kevin Wayne (Psychology): Format the title page according to APA standards.
Social Media Use as a Behavior Modification: Treatment Phase Report
Target Behavior
The target behavior chosen for this experiment was the participant’s excess usage of social media. For the sake of this study, social media use was defined as logging on to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Excess usage is defined as “using the social media more than 1 hour a day or checking it multiple times in an hour” (Bates et al., 2020).
Treatment Method
Positive punishment was used as the treatment method. If the participant opened a social media site between the hours outlined in the study, she immediately performed fifty jumping jacks regardless of her location. Jumping jacks served as the positive punisher throughout this study, and needed to be completed immediately following the target behavior in order for the treatment to be successful.
Experiment Narrative
The participant kept a small tablet of paper in her pocket or purse and marked each time she opened or logged onto a social media site between the hours of eight o’clock in the morning and nine o’clock in the evening. There was a separate sheet of paper for each day of the study for the participant to track the number of times she opened or logged into social media sites on each day.The schedule of treatment was consistent among the treatment phases.The treatment was divided into two separate time frames separated by a period of baseline observation. The treatment period began immediately following the baseline phase.The first treatment was on February 9, 2016 and ended on February 15, 2016.The first treatment phase lasted seven days, and was followed by a second baseline phase.The second baseline phase started on February16, 2016 and ended on February 20, 2016.The second treatment phase started on February 21, 2016 and ended on February 25, 2016. Due to time constraints the second baseline and treatment phases lasted only five days each.
Results
Only the dimension of frequency of social media usage was observed and recorded throughout the experiment. [Example: This was accomplished ____ many times during the period.]
Summary of Treatment
When the participant logged onto a social media site, she would immediately stop and complete fifty jumping jacks consecutively.After the jumping jacks, the participant would make a mark on the paper she kept with her in order to track the frequency of her social media use. The marks were then totaled each evening to provide a daily total.
During the first treatment period, the excess behavior of social media usage declined significantly, and by the end of the period there were no occurrences of the target behavior.During the second period of treatment, the decline of the target behavior happened more quickly than in the first treatment period.
On the first day of the first treatment period, the participant logged into a social media site four times, and performed fifty jumping jacks immediately after logging in each time.On the second day, she opened a social media site three times, and on the third day she only logged into a social media website once.From day four to day seven, the participant did not log onto any social media sites.Compared to the first baseline phase, the participant’s target behavior decreased significantly and eventually had no occurrences (as shown in Figure 1).
When treatment stopped during the second baseline phase, the behavior increased slightly but did not return to the level of frequency shown in the first baseline phase (as shown in Figure 1).During the second treatment phase, the participant had two occurrences of social media use on the first day, but did not have occurrences of the target behavior for the remainder of the treatment phase (shown in Figure 1).Considering that the frequency of social media use declined significantly during both treatment phases, the treatment was successful.
The most profound observation during the treatment phase was that the behavior was a habit.The participant logged on to social media sites without thinking or consciously wanting to.Day one through day three of the first phase of treatment had the most occurrences of the behavior. The majority of those occurrences had been done out of habit, not a conscious desire to engage in social media use.
The other observation was that social media use was more likely to occur if the participant was bored, waiting for someone or something, or stressed.The participant would benefit from keeping a book or a list of things that can be done during these small intervals of time. This would help her overcome boredom, escape stress, and fulfill the same purpose that social media has had in the past. This would help the participant be more productive with her time, which was ultimately the purpose of decreasing social media use in her daily life.
Results supported the treatment being a good fit for this participant because she does not appreciate the attention that resulted in completing the punishment. During the time that she completed fifty jumping jacks, all tasks would stop around her.The participant is a wife and mother who homeschools her children; therefore, all schoolwork and home activities would stop while she completed the punishment, which was not desirable for her.She did not engage in social media usage outside of her home during the treatment phase because she did not want to have to complete the punishment in a public place.Her children and husband were holding her accountable during this treatment, and would have insisted she do the punishment in a public place if she had logged onto a social media website. She does not enjoy being the focal point of attention, which made this treatment plan especially effective.
The treatment of punishment for social media use was successful in this study.Although it may be true that the participant will still engage in social media use during the hours of eight o’clock in the morning and nine o’clock in the evening, the target behavior decreased even without punishment being implemented in the second baseline phase. Since the goal of the study was to decrease the excess behavior of social media use, the goal was met, and treatment was successful. Comment by Conner, Kevin Wayne (Psychology): Include an APA formatted reference page.
Figure 1: A line graph illustrating the frequency of the participant’s social media use during the baseline and treatment phases of this study.
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Behavior Modification of Social Media Use
Baseline of Behavior of Social Media Usage 20 18 11 22 19 21 17 Treatment Phase 1 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 Baseline 2 2 6 3 5 8 Treatment Phase 2 2 0 0 0 0 Days
(February 2, 2021 – February 25, 2021)
Frequency of SocialMedia Use

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