Author: Anne S. Kupfer, M.S., The Learning Center, Waltham, MA
Produced in 1994.
A situational analysis examines behavior as a function of: (1) specifiable contingencies of reinforcement as they occur sequentially within a space-time framework referred to as 'situations'; (2) transitions from one situation to another; and (3) the saliency of stimulus cues associated with different situations and transition periods. This analysis is based on a dynamic view of behavior-environment interactions which are best characterized as continuous flows of 'patterns'. Of interest is the extent to which changes in the sequencing of situations subsequently controls observed patterns of behavior.