By Raymond G. Miltenberger
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Realtime recording can be carried out after video recording the target behavior in the observation period. The observer then plays the video and records the time indicated on the timer at the onset and offset of each occurrence of the behavior on a data sheet developed for real-time recording (Rapp, Carr, Miltenberger, Dozier, & Kellum, 2001). Alternatively, handheld or laptop computers with software that permits recording of the exact timing of events can be used for real-time recording (Kahng & Iwata, 1998).
Mental Illness Some of the earliest research in behavior modification demonstrated its effectiveness in helping people with mental illness in institutional settings (Ayllon, 1963; Ayllon & Michael, 1959). Behavior modification has been used with patients with chronic mental illness to modify such behaviors as daily living skills, social behavior, aggressive behavior, treatment compliance, psychotic behaviors, and work skills (Dixon & Holcomb, 2000; Scotti, McMorrow, & Trawitzki, 1993; Wilder, Masuda, O’Connor, & Baham, 2001).
Health-Related Behaviors Behavior modification procedures are used to promote health-related behaviors by increasing healthy lifestyle behaviors (such as exercise and proper nutrition) and decreasing unhealthy behaviors (such as smoking, drinking, and overeating). Behavior modification procedures are also used to promote behaviors that have a positive influence on physical or medical problems—such as decreasing frequency and intensity of headaches, lowering blood pressure, and reducing gastrointestinal disturbances (Blumenthal & McKee, 1987; Dallery, Meredith, & Glenn, 2008; Gentry, 1984; 14 Chapter 1 Reynolds, Dallery, Shroff, Patak, & Lerass, 2008; Van Wormer, 2004)—and to increase compliance with medical regimens (Levy, 1987).