Progress in Behavior Modification - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125356015, 9781483277226

Progress in Behavior Modification

1st Edition

Volume 1

Editors: Michel Hersen Richard M. Eisler Peter M. Miller
eBook ISBN: 9781483277226
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th June 1975
Page Count: 370
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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


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About the Editor

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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