Each student will consider an aspect of their behavior that they would like to change. Students will assess the “problem” and develop an intervention plan to assist in reaching their goal. To evaluate the impact of the intervention, the student will conduct a single subject design project. Detailed instructions for the paper will be provided.
The purpose of this assignment is to build confidence in your ability to use this type of assessment in your social work practice.
You are asked to conduct an experiment on yourself. Each student will identify a behavior or experience that he/she would like to change. Students will develop an intervention to assist in reaching his/her goal. At the end of the experiment you will be able to assess whether or not you reached your goal.
Part I: DESIGNING YOUR EXPERIMENT
- Identify a target behavior, feeling, or experience that you will attempt to increase or decrease. For example, stress level, cigarette smoking, water intake, checking social media, lateness, exercise.
- Operationalize the target behavior so that you can measure frequency, duration, or quantity. For example, the amount of water you drank in a day; amount of time you exercised in a day, the level of stress based on a 0-10 scale.Your operational definition must be specific enough to be measured, and must be measured daily, at the same time each day. The target behavior, feeling, or thought you select must have a range, not just if it occurs or not.
- Identify your goal.
- Choose an intervention that will assist you in reaching your goal. For example, if your goal is to reduce lateness to work, your intervention could be setting an alarm to wake you an earlier time than usual.
Part II: CONDUCTING YOUR EXPERIMENT
- Baseline phase: Measure the target behavior at the same time of day for at least 5 days and enter your observation in the table daily.
- Intervention phase: After the baseline phase, start the intervention and continue for at least 14 days. Continue measuring the target behavior and entering your observation in the table daily.
Part III: WRITTEN PAPER (5 pages maximum). Include headings A-E in your paper.
A. Introduction (approximately 1 page)
- Briefly describe yourself (demographic information).
- Describe the target behavior, thought, or feeling that this experiment is designed to change.
- Describe the intervention and why you chose it.
B. Methods (approximately 1 page)
- How did you operationalize or measure the independent and dependent variables? (BE STRAIGHT FORWARD SPECIFIC)
- State your goal.
- How long did the baseline phase last last?
- How long did the intervention phase last?
C. Results (approximately ½ page)
Summarize your findings based on the graph. Copy and paste the graph into this section of your paper.
D. Discussion (approximately 1 page)
- What are the strengths and limitations of your project in terms of the research design, intervention, measurement, and data collection methods?
- Describe any challenges you had (e.g., difficulties sticking to the intervention plan, problems with the data collection).
- Describe any positive or negative experiences you had related to the intervention.
- Was the intervention effective? Why or why not?
E. Conclusion (approximately ½ page)
Do you think single subject design could be useful for your current or future clients? Why or why not?
F.Everyday you must observe the experiement and document it in the grqph attached below
INCLUDE EACH HEADING INTO IN PAPER
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