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BEHAVIOR CHANGE PROJECT

For this project, you will target a behavior that you wish to change in order to contribute to your health. You can target a good thing youd like to start doing (e.g., eat more fruit, spend more time with your sources of social support such as friends and family, exercise more, drink more water, enact strategies to better handle stress) or a bad thing youd like to stop doing (e.g., quit smoking/drinking or lower your caffeine intake, avoid people who make you feel bad about yourself, quit staying up and sleeping too late, quit enacting a stress response over the little things). Whatever you choose, be sure you dont mind writing about it and perhaps talking about it in class. Below is a detailed description of what is required for this assignment. Proposal Indicate which behavior you plan to change with a brief explanation as to why you chose this behavior and how you plan to measure your success. The proposal should not be more than one paragraph in length. How to submit for full credit: Send your Proposal in an email (Jay@drjaydill.com or drjaydill@gmail.com) no later than its due date, indicated below. You can send the text of the proposal either in the body of the email or in an attachment. If you choose to send it in an attachment, be sure that it is in Microsoft Word format or a PDF file so I can open it properly and consider it on time. Its not considered submitted until I can read it. Journal Once your project begins, you will maintain a journal that chronicles your experiences for the entirety of the project. The type of information that is recommended for your journal entries is described below. Though you must type your journal, there are no formatting requirements; do whatever works for you. How to submit for full credit: Send your Journal in an email (Jay@drjaydill.com or drjaydill@gmail.com) no later than its due date, indicated below. You must send the Journal as an attachment, so be sure that it is in Microsoft Word format or a PDF file so I can open it properly and consider it on time. Its not considered submitted until I can read it. Baseline period During a period of at least 2 weeks, before you attempt to change your target behavior, you should observe and record the occurrences of that behavior. The baseline period will provide you with an assessment of the frequency of your target behavior as well as its antecedents (what happens before the behavior and therefore what might lead to it) and consequences. Baseline period journal entries. Your journal during this period should include observations and reflections on the occurrence of your target behavior. Be sure to actually record and keep track of the frequency (intensity, duration, etc) of the behavior, as this information will be used later in the presentation of your data. Entries should also include any perceived consequences of your target behavior (both positive and negative). If a particular antecedent or consequence seems interesting to you, record and track it throughout the entirety of your project to see if it changes as well as your target behavior changes. If you do this, please include it in your written report with an accompanying graph. It is during this period, in which you are becoming more familiar with how and why your target behavior occurs (or doesnt occur), that you will design a behavior change intervention. An intervention is simply a plan that will help you change your behavior. For instance, say you want to get to sleep earlier (11:00 p.m. for example), but you dont do that now because you arent tired that

early, you usually stay up later than that in order to get coursework done, you have a favorite show that comes on at midnight, and so on Here, an intervention might consist of getting up earlier (so youre tired when 11:00 oclock comes round), scheduling more time during the day for coursework (during which time you dont also watch TV, listen to the radio, sit in a noisy area, etc), and taping your favorite show while youre asleep for viewing the next day (in fact, fast-forwarding through commercials will buy you an extra 13 minutes or so per hour you watch). Ideas for interventions may be found in self-help books or on the internet. Modification period During a period of at least 4 weeks, attempt to change your target behavior with the use of your behavior change intervention. It is during this period that you will implement your intervention, maintain a journal record of your experiences, record and track the changes in your target behavior and record and track a particular antecedent or consequence of your behavior (if you chose to do so). Modification period journal entries. Your journal during this period should include observations and reflections on the occurrence of your target behavior. Be sure to actually record and keep track of the frequency (intensity, duration, etc) of the behavior as this information will be used later in your data analysis. Entries should also include any perceived consequences that result from changing your target behavior (both positive and negative). Journal entries in general You should make entries in your journal 4-7 times per week, depending on the nature of your target behavior and your intervention strategy. Entries should be written in grammatically correct, complete sentences and should evidence meaningful reflection. Written report Your written report should be no longer than 5 content pages (no shorter than 4 content pages; a title page does not count as a content page), should use Times font (size 12, only double-spaced, 1-inch margins), and should include the following 4 sections: 1. An introduction This section will describe your target behavior as well as its antecedents and consequences, will discuss your baseline period and how it contributed to the formulation of an intervention strategy and will specify your behavioral goals (i.e., what you decided would constitute success). 2. An intervention description This section includes a detailed description of your intervention strategy. What parts of your intervention strategy worked...which parts did not work? 3. The results of your behavior change attempt This section presents how well you were able to change your target behavior, including a required graph that visually depicts your success by presenting data from both the baseline period and the modification period. 4. A discussion of your experience This section includes the reasoning behind choosing your target behavior, observations on your challenges during the change, reasons for instances of success and failure, what you would do differently if you had it to do over again, and your reflections on the experience in general including whether or not you benefited from it. How to submit for full credit: Send your Written Report in an email (Jay@drjaydill.com or drjaydill@gmail.com) no later than its due date, indicated below. You must send the Written Report as an attachment, so be sure that it is in Microsoft Word format or a PDF file so I can open it properly and consider it on time. Its not considered submitted until I can read it.

Assignment due dates & required format: All reports, listed below, are to be submitted in accordance to the instructions provided above. Be sure to include your name on each. Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, 5 October Journal Due Date: Tuesday, 23 November Written Report Due Date: Thursday, 2 December Grading You will not be graded on your success at changing your behavior. Rather, it will be graded on how well you design your intervention, track your behavior (as well as your reflections) and present your results in your paper.