Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 513–519 | Cite as

A delivery system for the treatment of primary enuresis

  • Arthur C. Houts
  • Robert M. Liebert
  • Wendy Padawer


To illustrate how to deliver underutilized psychological treatments, a comprehensive, low-cost treatment for primary enuresis was developed consisting of bell-and-pad training, cleanliness training, retention control, and overlearning. Sixty primary enuretic children and their parents attended 1-hour group training sessions and implemented treatment in the home. Each case required 15 minutes of professional time, and net cost to each family was $50. Forty-eight (81%) achieved initial arrest of bedwetting and only 11 (24%) relapsed at 1-year follow-up. Significant association between relapse and prior treatment failure with imipramine was noted. The outcome was found to compare favorably with previous treatments that required more professional time.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur C. Houts
    • 1
  • Robert M. Liebert
    • 2
  • Wendy Padawer
    • 2
  1. 1.Memphis State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.State University of New York at Stony BrookUSA

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