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punishment

a stimulus that leads to a reduction in a behavioural response or, more generally, a stimulus that an organism seeks to avoid or escape. Often erroneously referred to as negative reinforcement. See also conditioning, reinforcement.

punishment

the use of an undesirable stimulus to modify or prevent an undesirable behavior.

Patient discussion about punishment

Q. Last week my younger son Frank, was punished in school because of kicking and throwing things at students... This is Donald, Last week my younger son Frank, was punished in school because of kicking and throwing things at teacher and on a few students. I don’t know why he behaved like that. I got tensed when I heard about this. What to do with him?

A. Well I think it depends whether or not this is a constant behaviour by your son, or it was only a one time event that he had an explanation for. If he tends to get angry and use violence a lot, you should take action, and let him know this is not acceptable by any means. Counsling might work best. If this was a one time thing, you should let your son know this should not happen again, and try preventing him from day to day activities such as meeting friends or using the computer if this happens again.

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