Teaching Problem-Solving Skills to Chronic Psychiatric Patients

  • Jeffrey R. Bedell
  • Diann Dee Michael
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


Recent developments in psychological treatment are built upon the concept that pathological behavior is best modified through the application of the empirical and scientific approach to clinical treatment. Consistent with this approach, significant advances in treatment have occurred when behavior was objectively observed, manipulated, and evaluated. The foundations of many of these modern treatments are found in learning theory that were originally based on laboratory data generated from research with animals and were later successfully applied to human behavior (e.g., Watson & Rayner, 1920). Although some of the mechanistic assumptions required for the functional analysis of behavior have been criticized on humanistic grounds, the heuristic contributions of these theories in the development and refinement of treatment techniques must be acknowledged. As learning theory has been applied in psychological and educational settings, differing procedural approaches have developed. Educational applications have emphasized procedures that led to cognitive awareness, understanding, and mental development. Psychological applications of learning theory, especially in areas of mental health treatment, have emphasized procedures leading to behavioral change and enhanced performance. Most recently, the techniques of psychological and educational practice have been brought together, and this has lead to effective programs of psychoeducational treatment (Bedell, Archer, & Marlowe, 1980; Bedell & Weathers, 1979).


Psychiatric Patient Problem Situation Mental Health System Homework Assignment Awareness Training 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey R. Bedell
    • 1
  • Diann Dee Michael
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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