Creating a Contingency Contract for Your Child
- It gives the child a sense of justice and control, making him or her more compliant to the agreement and it gives the parent the clear understanding of the plan.
- The essential components of a contingency contract are clear, unambiguous statements of (1) the target or problem behaviors, (2) the consequences and currencies for performing (or failing to perform) them, (3) the contingency between the behavior and consequences and (4) the time frame in which the contract will be enforced.
- By writing the agreements down with specific currencies and behaviors, the contract can be the final authority, which underscores the importance of stating the terms of the plan so there is no confusion or slipping between the cracks. Signing the contract increases the commitment of the parent and child to fulfill their roles as stated.Here is an example of a behavioral contract, which you may download by clicking here. (Adobe Acrobat is required).