Behaviorism with a Human Face

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 390–392. Reviews the book, Conduct Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence: A Behavioural Approach to Assessment and Treatment by Martin Herbert (1978). This book is a compact theoretical and practical review and analysis of the behavioral assessment and treatment of antisocial behavior problems of children. It is organized into three sections for easy reference, adaptable to the particular interest or degree of sophistication of the reader. The first section is devoted to a brief general explanation of the nature and development of so-called “conduct disorders.” The author calls attention to a number of behavior determinants in addition to the immediate environment usually stressed by behavior modifiers. The second part of the book is on assessment and treatment of conduct disorders. The third section of the book presents therapeutic work with noncompliant and coercive behavior, hyperactivity, disruptive behavior, aggression and violence, persistent nonattendance at school, and delinquent behavior. In addition to its usefulness for professionals, this book could be used as a text for students of behavior analysis and therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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