A Primer on Behavior Therapy: A Good Place to Start

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 60–61. Reviews the book, Behavior Therapy: A Clinical Introduction by Richard I. Lanyon and Barbara P. Lanyon (1978). This book was written to serve as an introduction to behavior therapy. It is primarily written for undergraduates in psychology and professional persons outside the field of behavior therapy. The book does quite well as an introductory source. It is clearly written and the content is well organized. The case illustrations also serve to make the book interesting and easy to read. It is intended to be a primer. As such, it does not provide a detailed, in-depth account of behavior therapy. It is not research oriented in content but rather conveys the practical side of behavior therapy. Finally, the book does not serve as a how-to-do-behavior-therapy guideline but rather as an overview of behavior therapy and a brief description of some of the procedures employed by professionals in the field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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