The kind of task confronting an individual may influence the rate of problem behavior. Particular tasks or activities may be high-risk situations for unwanted behavior. Many studies have found a relationship between the kind of task and deviant behavior such as self-injury. Problems may occur because a task is too tedious or difficult or because an individual is uncomfortable or bored, or is told to do something in an unpleasant manner. In these instances, altering antecedents may correct the problem.
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