Behavior Therapy

  • Kevin T. Larkin
  • Jennifer L. Edens


Although the term behavior therapy was not employed until the early 1950s, behavioral interventions have been in use for centuries. For example, holding a fearful child’s hand when approaching the ocean for the first time, withholding a teenager’s allowance for failing to make his or her curfew, and providing salary incentives for exceptional work productivity all represent tactics aimed at altering one’s behavior. Centuries of anecdotal evidence have indicated the efficacy of behavioral strategies of this type. As behaviorism became more influential in psychology throughout the twentieth century, it was not surprising that specific behavioral therapeutic applications were formulated to deal with the most severe psychosocial problems seen: that is, those seen in persons manifesting psychiatric disorders.


Traumatic Brain Injury Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Behavior Therapy Personality Disorder 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin T. Larkin
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Edens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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