Basic Rules for Applied Behavior Analysts from Allyon & Azrin's, The Token Economy
This list of rules and procedures below is taken directly from Allyon and Azrin's important book, The Token Economy: A Motivational System for Therapy and Rehabilitation (Prentice-Hall, 1968). The Token Economy describes the application of behavioral principles to the behavior problems of adult patients diagnosed with mental illnesses in a large institutional setting. The token reinforcement and contingency management system was much more effective for establishing functional independent living skills in the residents of the institution than the psychiatric methods previously employed.
Despite being developed almost 40 years ago, these rules and procedures may still be applied with good results in almost any applied behavior analysis setting. For more information, please refer to the sections indexed by the page number after each rule.
Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197