Having been raised in a typical Hispanic home which used spanking and hitting as a form of discipline, one of the biggest challenges I face at this time is breaking that cycle by finding alternative methods to discipline her.
During the course of my research, I have come to under positive reinforcement as a way to encourage positive behavior. According to the text positive reinforcement is defined as something that strengthens a response by presenting something pleasant after the response (Stangor, 2010, p. 204). An example that took place in my own life is when I started working for the company I am currently employed with, I worked long hours and always tried to put forth extra effort to get the job done correctly the first time. After the first six months, I was recognized for my hard work in the form of Employee of the Quarter and a promotion. In being promoted and recognized, my employer was providing positive reinforcement and encouraging me to continue to work as hard if not harder for the gain of all involved.
The text defines negative reinforcement as strengthening a response by reducing or removing something unpleasant (Stangor, 2010, p. 204). Although the text for this seems pretty straight forward, I had a little bit of trouble fully comprehending this concept. After researching the topic further online, I have come to understand that... [continues]
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