Could French Therapists Become Behaviorists?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 881–882. Reviews the book, Principes et applications des thérapies behaviorales edited by Robert Ladouceur, Marc-André Bouchard, and Luc Granger (1977). The purpose of the authors is a didactic one, and the book is logically composed of three sections presentation of the theoretical bases of behavior modifications, description of procedures, and practical applications with regard to clinical problems. One may regret that the chapter on operant conditioning is rather weak; on one hand, some important concepts (generalized reinforcement, chaining procedures, Premack's principle) are not mentioned; on the other, its insertion in the remainder of the book raises a few problems, especially with regard to terminology. These minor remarks should not detract from the overall high quality of the book. Its diffusion throughout French-speaking countries should concern, whether involved or not in daily practice, all those who seek appropriate and extensive information on behavior modification and on its recent developments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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