Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment

Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment

1st Edition - January 29, 2007

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  • Editor: Peter Sturmey
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725448
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471099

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With the ongoing pressures for psychologists to practice evidence-based care, and the requirement insurance carriers have both for treatment goals, measurement of outcomes, and a focus on brief therapy, functional analysis provides a framework for achieving all of the above. Having proven itself in treating behavioral problems in education, functional analysis is now being applied more broadly to behavioral and psychologial disorders. In his 1996 book (Functional Analysis in Clinical Psychology, Wiley UK), Sturmey applied the functional behavioral approach to case formulation across a wide range of psychological disorders and behaviors. Since the publication of his book, no other volume has taken an explicit behavioral approach to case formulation. The changes that have occurred over the last 10 years in behavioral case formulation have been significant and substantial. They include (a) a large expansion of the range of problems addressed, such as ADHD, (b) a range of new verbal behavior therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, (c) increased area of activity in the area of autism spectrum disorders; (d) many publications in how to train professionals, staff and parents in behavioral technology, and (e) new assessment instruments and procedures.

Key Features

  • Makes theories of functional analysis accessible to a wide range of mental health professionals
  • Reviews behavioral assessment methods and strategies for case formulation
  • Offers readers a practical, organized, data-based means of understanding psychiatric conditions for intervening effectively and measuring positive change


Researchers, practicing clinical psychologists and behavior therapists, and graduate students in clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1
    Structural and Functional Approaches to Psychopathology and Case Formulation
    Peter Sturmey, John Ward-Horner, Michael Marroquin and Erica Doran

    Chapter 2
    Fundamental Concepts and Methods of Intervention in Behavioral Approaches to Psychopathology
    Peter Sturmey, John Ward-Horner, Michael Marroquin and Erica Doran

    Chapter 3
    Advanced Concepts and Methods of Intervention in Behavioral Approaches to Psychopathology
    Peter Sturmey, John Ward-Horner, Michael Marroquin and Erica Doran

    Chapter 4
    Functional Analysis Methodology in Developmental Disabilities
    Robert Didden

    Chapter 5
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Nancy Neef and John Northup

    Chapter 6
    Chaos, Coincidence, and Contingency in the Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
    Robert G. Wahler

    Chapter 7
    Function-Based Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders
    Cathleen C. Piazza and Laura R. Addison

    Chapter 8
    Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania
    Raymond G. Miltenberger, Douglas W. Woods and Michael D. Himle

    Chapter 9
    Encopresis and Enuresis
    W. Larry Williams, Marianne Jackson and Patrick C. Friman

    Chapter 10
    Stereotypic Movement Disorder
    Craig H. Kennedy

    Chapter 11
    A Contextual Model of Restraint Free Care for Persons with Dementia
    Jane E. Fisher, Claudia Drossel, Craig Yury and Stacey Cherup

    Chapter 12
    Brain Injury
    Mark R. Dixon and Holly L. Bihler

    Chapter 13
    A Behavioral Approach to the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
    Stephen T. Higgins, Sarah H. Heil, and Stacey C. Sigmon

    Chapter 13
    Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
    David A. Wilder and Stephen E. Wong

    Chapter 15
    Mood Disorders
    Derek R. Hopko, Sandra D. Hopko, and Carl W. Lejuez

    Chapter 16
    The Fear Factor: A Functional Perspective on Anxiety
    Patrick C. Friman

    Chapter 17
    Sexual Disorders
    Joseph J. Plaud

    Chapter 18:
    Eating Disorders
    Richard F. Farmer and Janet D. Latner

    Chapter 19
    Personality Disorders
    Prudence Cuper, Rhonda Merwin and Thomas Lynch

    Chapter 20
    Impulse Control Disorders
    Mark R. Dixon and Taylor E. Johnson

    Chapter 21
    Functional Assessment with Clinical Populations: Current Status and Future Directions
    Cynthia M. Anderson

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: January 29, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725448
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471099

About the Editor

Peter Sturmey

Peter Sturmey Ph.D is a professor of psychology with a 40-year history of research in autism and intellectual disabilities and staff and parents training. He has published over 200 journal articles, 80 chapters and 30 edited and authored books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor ,The Graduate Center and Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York, USA

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