Cognitive behavior modification or new ways to change minds: Reply to Mahoney and Kazdin

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Abstract

Defends the “myths” that cognitivism necessitates mentalism and that therapists can be classified on the basis of technique. Two studies cited by M. J. Mahoney and A. E. Kazdin (see record 1979-34250-001) as evidence of the potential of cognitive perspectives are found to raise more questions than they answer. It is urged that the phrase “behavior modification” not be used to describe cognitive approaches, since failure to distinguish the 2 kinds of therapy invites a conceptual confusion of cognition with behavior. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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