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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


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 of Specific Eating Behaviors by Covert Response Cost: An Experimental Analysis

Section VIII—Clinical Applications of Combined Covert Conditioning Techniques

28. Multifaceted Behavior Therapy for Self-Injurious Behavior

29. Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Covert Sensitization and Covert Reinforcement

30. Case Conference: A Transvestite Fantasy Treated by Thought-Stopping, Covert Sensitization and Aversive Shock

31. The Use of Covert Conditioning in the Treatment of Drug Abuse

32. Use of Covert Conditioning in the Behavioral Treatment of a Drug-Dependent College Dropout

33. Sequential Phases of Covert Reinforcement and Covert Sensitization in the Treatment of Homosexuality

34. The Treatment of Over-Eating by Covert Conditioning

35. Covert Conditioning in the Behavioral Treatment of an Agoraphobic

36. The Use of Covert Conditioning in Modifying Pain Behavior

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Contributors


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About the Editors

Dennis Upper

Joseph R. Cautela

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