Behavior Therapy

  • Lisa W. Coyne
  • Alan M. Gross


Behavior therapy is a treatment strategy, guided by learning theory, that emphasizes functional behavior-environment relationships. Its primary goals are to enhance adaptive behaviors and eliminate or reduce maladaptive behaviors in daily life. Maladaptive functioning, whether motor, cognitive, or physiological, is conceptualized as the product of faulty learning. Thus, behavior therapists attempt to treat behavioral problems by functionally assessing and modifying environmental contingencies that foster and maintain them. Since its inception, behavior therapy has been used to address a variety of different issues, including psychological disorders, child maltreatment, behavioral health, and prevention efforts, among others (Hersen & Ammerman, 1989).


Behavior Therapy Positive Reinforcement Parent Training Target Behavior Nocturnal Enuresis 
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  • Lisa W. Coyne
    • 1
  • Alan M. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Mississippi, UniversityUSA

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