Behavior Therapy

  • Mark A. Williams
  • Alan M. Gross


Behavior therapy with children gained impetus in the 1960s and 1970s, when principles of operant conditioning were effectively applied to the treatment of severe behavior problems in retarded and autistic children. These populations had previously been neglected, in that traditional treatments could not be effectively applied to them. These successes were followed by an expansion and acceleration of published reports demonstrating the effective treatment of numerous problem behaviors (Hersen & Van Hasselt, 1987).


Problem Behavior Behavior Therapy Positive Reinforcement Conduct Disorder Target Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Williams
    • 1
  • Alan M. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MississippiUSA

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