Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 687–692 | Cite as

Childhood nocturnal enuresis: The prediction of premature withdrawal from behavioral conditioning

  • William G. Wagner
  • J. T. Johnson


Predictors of premature withdrawal from a 12-week program of behavioral conditioning for childhood nocturnal enuresis were examined for 47 children treated at a university outpatient clinic. All children were administered the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale; parents completed the 55-item Behavior Problem Checklist and the Tolerance Scale for Enuresis. Parents also reported the methods (i.e., random awakening, restriction of fluids, rewards,punishment, medication, other) previously used to control their child's wetting. A stepwise discriminant function analysis revealed that the function containing number of previous techniques used, presence of child behavior problems, and parent tolerance of enuresis was a significant predictor of early termination of treatment.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • William G. Wagner
    • 1
  • J. T. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Counseling PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburg
  2. 2.Computing CenterUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburg

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