Behavior Therapy: Welcome Help in Keeping Up With the Field

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 113–114. Reviews the book, Annual Review of Behavior Therapy: Theory & Practice, Vol. 5, 1977 edited by Cyril M. Franks and G. Terence Wilson (1978). This book is the fifth volume of the Annual Review of Behavior Therapy: Theory & Practice. As in previous volumes, a number of areas are selected for review, commentaries by the editors are provided for each, and a small number of previously published articles are reprinted in each section. The first section consists solely of an editorial commentary entitled “Behavior Therapy: An Overview” in which the editors discuss the nature of behavior therapy, its efficacy, malcontents, the cognitive connection, ethical and legal issues, training concerns, and behavior therapy and society. The editors' stated “unswerving commitment to a behavior therapy firmly anchored to a data based, outcome oriented, social learning theory, linked closely to the methodology of the behavioral scientist”. Two notable emphases in this Annual Review are the encouragement to explore wider societal influences as these may affect behavior, and a stress upon the importance of attending to generalization and maintenance of change. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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