Behavior Modification Marches On … But Where?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1001–1002. Reviews the book, New Developments in Behavioral Research: Theory, Method, and Application (In Honor of Sidney W. Bijou) edited by Barbara C. Etzel, Judith M. LeBlanc, and Donald M. Baer (1977) and Progress in Behavior Modification, Vol. 5 edited by Michel Hersen, Richard M. Eisler, and Peter M. Miller (1977). Although the behavior modification approach developed in part as a strong rejection of the disease-oriented medical model of human behavior problems, the influence of that model continued to manifest itself, albeit indirectly, in most of the early textbooks on behavior modification. These two volumes go a long way toward demonstrating that behavior analysts and modifiers have just about discarded such influences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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