PSYUNIT4: Clinical- Token economy (A01+2)

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Token economy


  • Token economy is a system of behaviour modification based on stystematic reinforcement.
  • The individual and clinician decide on what the desirable behaviour is eg eating (in the case of anorexia) and what the reward will be eg a trip home.
  • In order for this method to work, the individual must decide on the reward.
  • The token rewards desirable behaviour with items that can be used to trade for a desirable item later on.
  • Achievable goals are set for the patient. The individual must be able to achieve the goals that they have been set.
  • The clinician must explain the programme to the individual. They must be able to understand what is required and what…


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