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  • Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053436599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534365998
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,883,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The best textbook I have ever used in psychology and my students concur."

"A terrific job of explaining principles and procedures and illustrating them well."

"Well-written, well-organized, comprehensive. . .wonderful use of examples."

About the Author

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Fellner on March 15 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book to deepen my knowledge in the area of behavior modification. I especially liked the succinct and clear examples and the discussion of applications and misapplications of each procedure. Thereby, one learns the strenghts and possible pitfalls of behavior principles when applying to daily life. Throughout the book, the author uses easy to understand language and urges the reader to apply the learned principles to his own self-management projects.
Very comprehensive and recommendable!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Clear overview of behavior principles March 15 2002
By Andreas Fellner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book to deepen my knowledge in the area of behavior modification. I especially liked the succinct and clear examples and the discussion of applications and misapplications of each procedure. Thereby, one learns the strenghts and possible pitfalls of behavior principles when applying to daily life. Throughout the book, the author uses easy to understand language and urges the reader to apply the learned principles to his own self-management projects.
Very comprehensive and recommendable!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book discussing real psychology July 13 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has increased my understanding of human behavior greatly.

The method of behavior modification proposed here does not make assumptions about inner mental states, but it discusses what we are able to measure directly.

The book contains tons of examples, not only technical definitions. The chapters are easy and fun to read
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Teacher/student friendly Jan. 30 2005
By ABA Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Easy reading. Lots of REAL-LIFE examples to demonstrate the principles and procedures. This is my FAVORITE behavior book, I refer to it all of the time!!!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Shoddy quality Sept. 25 2004
By Susan Zyphur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although the material is detailed, if simplistic, my complaint is with the quality of construction. The cover contains the statement "Includes Tear-Out Quizzes." In actuality, every page is perforated, so you need to be careful when turning the pages to prevent ripping them out. The binding is extremely low quality - after opening the book once, several pages came loose from the spine and fell out. The pages themselves are extremely thin and wouldn't bear highlighting well - in fact, any sort of fluid ink from a pen or highlighter would bleed completely through onto the next page. If only a book with such recommended content had quality of construction as well.
Many Virtues, More Breadth Than Depth July 22 2013
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I have the fourth edition of this book. It is among the most effective textbooks that I've read on any subject.

This book's breadth, organization into chapters, and disciplined elaboration of concepts are praiseworthy. After reading 580 pages, I would have welcomed 300 more. The prose is mostly comprehensible. The inclusion of a chapter on cognitive behavior modification seemed to strain the scope of the book, but is greatly appreciated for the context and completeness it provides.

What the book lacks most is depth and nuance. Examples tend to be simplistic, lacking in the kind of discriminative details that matter in the real world. Examples are given without discussion of alternatives or complexities.

Despite talk of misapplications, nowhere is bad stuff discussed with specificity. I expect this was by the author's design. I find omissions of this kind counterproductive. I consider the chapter on token economies to be characteristic of this cognitive bias for what the chapter doesn't say. For example, it never concisely states that one man's conditioned positive reinforcer is another man's conditioned positive punisher. Consequently, it does not warn that token economies tend to produce hardened sociopaths at the same time they produce shiny, happy people. Nor does that chapter talk about the long-term risks of using the various reinforcers. I consider these pertinent and inoffensive facts, but you won't find this kind of forthright discussion in this book. In contrast, I always appreciated Skinner for his willingness to embrace frightening implications (without losing his equanimity or optimism).

To Miltenberger's credit, this book is much more accessible, and better organized, than Skinner.

Some of the examples are too simple and excessively optimistic. The example of "Helping Deon Control His Anger" in Chapter 25 made my blood boil with incredulity. The idealistic intervention and outcome proposed by the author seem unreal.


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