Legal issues and behaviour modification: A Canadian perspective

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The use of behavior modification techniques has been a matter of litigation in the US courts. The resulting judicial decisions have limited some aspects of the application of behavior modification techniques. Similar litigation is beginning to take place in Canada. The US cases will probably have some value as legal precedents before the Canadian courts. These US judicial decisions as well as related articles from legal and behavioral psychology journals and texts are reviewed. A series of guidelines is presented that behavior modification practitioners might adopt to prevent a similar legal-behavior modification conflict from developing in Canada. (French abstract) (53 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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