Progress in Behavior Modification

Progress in Behavior Modification

Volume 1

1st Edition - June 28, 1975

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  • Editors: Michel Hersen, Richard M. Eisler, Peter M. Miller
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277226

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Progress in Behavior Modification, Volume 1 reviews advances in the understanding of behavior modification, with emphasis on theoretical underpinnings, research findings and methodologies, and assessment techniques. Control of psychophysiological processes and ethical issues in behavioral control are considered, along with the effects of social influences on behavior and the contribution of behavior therapy to the treatment of physical illness. Comprised of eight chapters, this volume begins with a discussion on the evolution of behavior modification, with particular reference to its application as a methodological approach to the study and treatment of psychological disorders. The next chapter offers an interpersonal analysis of depression from theoretical, research, and therapeutic standpoints, followed by an analysis of developments in the behavioral treatment of phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. The ethical and legal ramifications of behavior therapy are also evaluated, paying attention to court decisions, the issue of patients' rights, and the efficacy of the behavioral approach compared to other systems of treatment. The remaining chapters focus on the contribution of behavior modification to the field of juvenile delinquency; advances in token economy research; individual behavior therapy; and the complementary roles of drugs and behavior modification. This book should be of interest to theoreticians, researchers, or practitioners in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and behavior therapy as well as social work, speech therapy, education, and rehabilitation.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributions




    Historical Perspectives in Behavior Modification: Introductory Comments

    I. Introduction

    II. Impetus

    III. Historical Course

    IV. Publication Trends

    V. Professional Societies and Behavior Modification

    VI. Recent Advances

    VII. Conclusions and Future Perspectives


    The Behavioral Study and Treatment of Depression

    I. Introduction

    II. Behavioral Theories of Depression

    III. Empirical Studies Consistent with Behavioral Hypotheses

    IV. Behavioral Treatment of Depression

    V. Overview and Recommendations for Future Research


    Behavioral Treatments of Phobic and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Critical Appraisal

    I. Introduction

    II. Therapeutic Components

    III. Studies in Patients

    IV. Overview and Future Trends


    Ethical and Legal Issues of Behavior Modification

    I. Introduction

    II. Legal Issues

    III. Homosexuality

    IV. Aversive Procedures


    Behavior Modification with Delinquents

    I. Introduction

    II. Program Evaluation

    III. Procedure Evaluation

    IV. Conclusion


    Recent Advances in Token Economy Research

    I. Introduction

    II. Complex and Therapeutically "Relevant" Behaviors ("Symptoms")

    III. Changes in Nontarget Behaviors

    IV. Comparative Studies and Combined Treatments

    V. Role of Punishment

    VI. Role of Economics

    VII. Use of Peers

    VIII. Self-Reinforcement

    IX. Response Maintenance and Transfer of Training

    X. Increasing Community Involvement

    XI. Some New Directions

    XII. Concluding Comments


    The Process of Individual Behavior Therapy

    I. Introduction

    II. Beginning the Therapy Relationship

    III. Behavioral Analysis, Assessment, and Diagnosis

    IV. Treatment Choice

    V. Assessing the Efficacy of the Treatment Strategy

    VI. Modification of the Treatment Strategy

    VII. Decisions about Termination

    VIII. Critical Issues in Individual Behavior Therapy

    IX. Conclusion


    Drugs and Behavior Analysis

    I. Introduction

    II. Drugs as Adjuncts to Facilitate Behavior Therapy

    III. Motivating Medication Use

    IV. Experimental Analysis of Drug Effects

    V. Drugs as Agents of Punishment, Reinforcement, and Extinction

    VI. Conclusions


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 370
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1975
  • Published: June 28, 1975
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277226

About the Editors

Michel Hersen

Michel Hersen (Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1966) is Professor and Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. He is Past President of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He has written 4 books, co-authored and co-edited 126 books, including the Handbook of Prescriptive Treatments for Adults and Single Case Experimental Designs. He has also published more than 220 scientific journal articles and is co-editor of several psychological journals, including Behavior Modification, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, and Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. With Alan S. Bellack, he is co-editor of the recently published 11 volume work entitled Comprehensive Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hersen has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Distinguished Practitioner and Member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, and recipient of the Distinguished Career Achievement Award in 1996 from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians. Dr. Hersen has written and edited numerous articles, chapters and books on clinical assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, U.S.A.

Richard M. Eisler

Peter M. Miller

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