Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Paradigm Shift or Passing Phase?
  • G. Terence Wilson


Psychology, it has recently been said, has “gone cognitive” (Dember, 1974). Moreover, judging from an examination of the theoretical and dinical literature, behavior therapy has followed suit (Bandura, 1974; Mahoney, 1974). The attention devoted to cognitive variables in behavior therapy has grown steadily in the 1970s (Franks and Wilson, 1973–77), and several recent developments have tended to make formal this trend toward a cognitive mediational model of the modification of behavior. These have included pertinent publications (e.g., Beck, 1976; Meichenbaum, 1976), the appearance of the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, and an inaugural convention on “cognitive behavior therapy” in New York City in 1976.


Behavior Therapy Cognitive Therapy Applied Behavior Analysis Participant Modeling Rational Emotive Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Terence Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Applied and Professional PsychologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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