Clinical Behavior Therapy with Children

Clinical Behavior Therapy with Children

by Thomas H. Ollendick, Jerome A. Cerny


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As noted by its title, the focus of this book is centered on an examination of behavior therapy with children in clinical settings. Throughout, our goal has been to examine theoretical underpinnings, review empirical research, and illustrate clinical utility for a variety of behavioral proce­ dures with children. In pursuing this goal, we have described child behavior therapy as an approach based on empirical methodology, de­ rived from behavioral principles, and focused upon adjustment disor­ ders of children. The hallmark of such an approach is its accountability­ the extent to which the procedures and techniques presented in this text are demonstrably accountable must be determined at least partially by the reader. As students of child behavior, we have become sensitized to two trends in behavior therapy with children during the preparation of this book. First, we have been concerned with the simple application of behavioral procedures to children, irrespective of developmental con­ siderations. All too frequently, assessment strategies and treatment pro­ cedures found to be useful with adults have been applied to children in an indiscriminate fashion. For example, some recent studies have examined and assessed the very same social skill deficits in children as in adults (e. g. , lack of eye contact, delayed latency of response, and absence of positive commendatory responses). Surely, skill deficits differ from age to age just as they differ from situation to situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468411065
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 02/13/2012
Series: Nato Science Series B:
Edition description: 1981
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

1. Foundations of Behavior Therapy.- Assumptions in Behavior Therapy.- Determinants of Behavior.- Behavior Therapy Models.- The Classical Conditioning Model.- The Instrumental Conditioning Model.- The Operant Conditioning Model.- The Drive Reduction Models.- The Two-Factor Model of Learning.- Social Learning Theory.- Summary.- 2. Behavioral Assessment.- Behavioral Interviews.- Checklists and Rating Forms.- Traditional Standardized Instruments.- Other Instruments.- Behavioral Observation.- Summary.- 3. Systematic Desensitization, Implosion, and Flooding.- Systematic Desensitization.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Clinical Application with Young Children...- Implosive Therapy and Flooding.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Summary.- 4. Modeling and Social Skills Training.- Modeling.- Background.- Clinical Application: Fears and Phobias.- Clinical Application: Social Withdrawal.- Social Skills Training.- Background.- Clinical Application: Social Withdrawal.- Clinical Application: Aggressive Behavior.- Summary.- 5. Basic Operant Procedures.- Shaping.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Chaining.- Background.- Discrimination, Stimulus Control, and Fading….- Background.- Clinical Application.- Prompting.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Summary.- 6. Other Operant Procedures.- Contingency Contracting.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Token Economy Programs.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Biofeedback Training.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Summary.- 7. Operant Reductive Procedures.- Extinction.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Differential Reinforcement.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Response Cost.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Timeout.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Overcorrection.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Physical Punishment.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Summary.- Chapters 7. Cognitive Procedures and Self-Management.- Cognitive Behavior Therapy.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Self-Management.- Background.- Clinical Application.- Summary.- 9. Parent Training Programs.- Models of Parent Training.- Characteristics of Clinic-Referred Children and Their Families.- Family Characteristics and Parent Training Outcome.- Parent Training Formats.- Content Issues in Parent Training.- Parent Training Procedures.- Cost Effectiveness of Parent Training.- Clinical Applications.- New Developments.- Summary.- 10. Integrative Issues.- Comprehensive Behavioral Programs.- Maintenance and Generalization.- Preventive Efforts.- Ethical Considerations.- Summary.

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