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Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
A discussion on the use of positive behavior support (PBS) in the family context.
# 152290 | 1,807 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2013 in Psychology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses how PBS has proven effective in replacing negative patterns of behavior with positive ones in troubled youth. The paper provides a summary of several psychological studies on positive behavior support and discusses interventions in the family context. The paper identifies common themes to all research articles and considers the future possibilities for PBS in the family unit. Finally, the paper discusses the implications for psychology as well as for human beings in general.

Summary of Psychological Studies in Positive Behavior Support
Interventions in the Family Context
Common Themes and Future Possibilities for PBS in the Family Unit
Implications for Psychology as well as for Human Beings in General

From the Paper:

"Positive Behavior Support (oftentimes referred to as Positive Behavioral Support and abbreviated as PBS) is a relatively new and evolving approach which is used for meeting the needs of individuals who have challenges related to adaptation of behavior. This approach began in the 1980's as a set of strategies to reduce serious problem behaviors in the school setting. Overtime, PBS has evolved to not only include a reduction in the serious problem behavior but to replace it with lifestyle changes. As such, in evaluating a PBS case, one has to identify what behaviors area occurring which are problematic and what types of behaviors can be implemented in their stead. This approach takes into consideration the specific things which triggers negative behavior in the individual child or adolescent as well as the specific things which the adolescent enjoys and/or finds rewarding and/or interesting. Success in the PBS setting occurs when the violent or aggressive or problem or self-injurious behavior was reduced and was there a positive effect on the participants' overall relationships, productivity, opportunity, personal satisfaction, and effect. (Carr, 2002)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carr, E. G. (2002). Positive Behavior Support: Evolution of an applied science. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 4(1), 4. Retrieved from
  • Dunlap, G. (2006). Prevention and intervention with young children?s challenging behavior: A summary and perspective regarding current knowledge. Behavior Disorders. Retrieved from Http://,
  • Nelson J. R., Hurley, K. D., Synhorst, L., Epstein, M. H., Stage, S., & Buckley, J. (2009). The Child Outcomes of a Behavior Model. Exceptional Children, 76(1), 7+. Retrieved April 20, 2010, from Questia database:
  • Peck Peterson, S. M., Derby, K., Berg, W. K., & Horner, R. H. (2002). Collaboration with famillies in the functional behavior assessment of and intervention for severe behavior problems. Education & Treatment of Children, 25(1), 5. Retrieved from
  • Smith-Bird, E., & Turnbull, A. P. (2005). Linking positive behavior support to family quality of life outcomes. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 7(3), 14. Retrieved from

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