Behavior Modification: Mature and Modest

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 698–699. Reviews the books, Behavior Modification: Principles and Clinical Applications. 2nd ed edited by W. Stewart Agras (see record 1979-21576-000); Behavior Analysis and Behavior Modification: An Introduction by Richard Malott, Mary Tillema, and Sigrid Glenn (1978); and Winning the Games People Play: How To Master the Art of Changing People's Behavior by Nathan B. Miron (1977). These three books represent a more mature appraisal of behavior modification than has been seen before and are worth perusing. All three booksvare interesting and, in their own ways, enlightening. The books tend to promise less than earlier texts on behavior modification and seem to exhibit a greater sensitivity to human beings. In all three books, repeated references are made to the ethics of behavior change and sections are included to alert the reader to the ethical issues involved. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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