What is the theory behind this Accountability Therapy worksheet?
A Behavior contract is a written agreement between two parties that specifies the measurable behaviours or tasks that need to be achieved along with the positive and negative consequences. It can be specifically helpful for parents aiming to modify troublesome or unhelpful behaviours of their teens. It not only helps keep them accountable for their actions but also provides motivation to repeat desirable behaviour or avoid undesirable behaviour.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help provide a behavioural contract template that can be used by parents to modify undesirable behaviour of their children. It will help children in staying accountable for their actions and understand the concept of rewards and consequences for their good or bad behaviour.
How to use the worksheet?
Specify the behaviour change or task that is expected from the teen. Determine a starting and ending date of the contract. Discuss and write the rewards and consequences including relevant details like who will be responsible for it and how it will be delivered. All people involved in the contract must sign it at the end. Track the desired behaviour using the tracker at the end.
Accountability Therapy Worksheet
|Contract start date||Contract end date|
These are my tasks/goals for the week
This will be my reward If i comply
This will be the consequence I would have to face if I do not comply
- I, _________________________________ (name of signee) agree to all the details in this contract. I have understood everything that is mentioned.
Scott P. S (2001). Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Ways to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love. St. Martin’s Press: New York
You can download this worksheet here.