Covert Conditioning - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080233468, 9781483136820

Covert Conditioning

1st Edition

Pergamon General Psychology Series, Volume 81

Editors: Dennis Upper Joseph R. Cautela
eBook ISBN: 9781483136820
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 412
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Covert Conditioning deals with covert conditioning procedures, the rationale underlying their use, and their potential application (either singly or in combination) to a variety of clinical problems. Each procedure's most representative use in clinical practice is described, and results of experimental analogue studies as well as reports of promising breakthroughs in the application of covert conditioning techniques to new clinical problems are discussed. A broad range of target behaviors, clinical settings, and client populations is also examined. This book is comprised of 36 chapters and opens with an overview of the theoretical background of covert conditioning and evidence to support its basic underlying assumptions. Each of the next six chapters introduces one of the major covert conditioning techniques (covert sensitization, covert reinforcement, covert negative reinforcement, covert extinction, covert modeling, and covert response cost) and presents experimental analogue evidence (if available) of its efficacy. The use of each procedure in treating a number of clinical target behaviors is also discussed. The final section describes the clinical application of combinations of covert conditioning techniques to a variety of problems. This monograph will be a useful resource for psychologists and behavioral therapists.

Table of Contents

Preface Section I—Theoretical Background

1. Covert Conditioning: Assumptions and Procedures 2. Covert Conditioning: A Theoretical Analysis

Section II—Covert Sensitization

3. Covert Sensitization 4. Experimental Control of Sexual Deviation through Manipulation of the Noxious Scene in Covert Sensitization 5. Treatment of Smoking by Covert Sensitization 6. The Treatment of a Nail-Biting Compulsion by Covert Sensitization in a Poorly Motivated Client 7. Covert Sensitization Treatment of Exhibitionism

Section III—Covert Reinforcement

8. Covert Reinforcement 9. A Laboratory Analogue of Two Covert Reinforcement Procedures 10. Group Systematic Desensitization versus Covert Positive Reinforcement in the Reduction of Test Anxiety 11. Treatment of a Rodent Phobia by Covert Reinforcement: A Single Subject Experiment 12. Covert Reinforcement: Two Studies and a Comment 13. Covert Positive Reinforcement Studies: Review, Critique, and Guidelines

Section IV—Covert Negative Reinforcement

14. Covert Negative Reinforcement 15. Covert Negative Reinforcement: An Experimental Test 16. The Use of Imagery in the Modification of Attitudes toward the Elderly: A Preliminary Report

Section V—Covert Extinction

17. Covert Extinction 18. An Experimental Study of Covert Extinction 19. Covert Extinction of Amphetamine Addiction

Section VI—Covert Modeling

20. The Present Status of Covert Modeling 21. Covert Modeling: An Experimental Test 22. Covert Modeling and the Reduction of Avoidance Behavior 23. The Effects of Covert and Overt Modeling on Assertive Behavior 24. Covert Modeling, Imagery Assessment, and Assertive Behavior 25. The Adaptation of Covert-Modeling Procedures to the Treatment of Chronic Alcoholism and Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior: Two Case Reports

Section VII—Covert Response Cost

26. Covert Response Cost 27. Suppression


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