Exploring Critical Issues in Behavior Therapy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 863–864. Reviews the book, Progress in Behavior Modification, Vol. 4 edited by Michel Hersen, Richard M. Eisler, and Peter M. Miller (1977). The first section is a critical review of the experimental literature in this area, with an emphasis on methodology and outcome. The second section deals with broader issues in treatment and research that cut across specific studies and techniques, such as the assignment of subjects to different treatment conditions on the basis of assessed individual differences, the problem of treatment dropouts, and the order in which multiple techniques are applied. The volume's chapters are written for an audience that is relatively sophisticated in its knowledge of behavior therapy principles and procedures and therefore they may be beyond the range of the neophyte or casual reader. However, the broad scope of the material reviewed and the excellence of the critical evaluations presented make this volume a valuable one both as a source book and as a forum that reflects the latest thinking about the field of behavior therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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