“Biosyntonic” therapy: Modification of an operant conditioning approach to pedophilia

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Introduces “biosyntonic” therapy, a modified operant conditioning approach for treating sexual behavior problems. Following physiological diagnosis, a male 32-yr-old child molester was successfully taught to alter his inappropriate physiological arousal to prepubescent females without disrupting his arousal to adult females. An extremely elevated heart rate response to pictures of semiclothed female children was eliminated by the administration of electric shock. In addition to eliminating his child molesting, the procedures also improved the correspondence between his physiological and verbal response patterns and decreased his anxiety. The treatment remained successful at a 6-mo follow-up. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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