Prospects for Theoretical Progress in Behavior Therapy

  • R. S. Hallam
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Judging by recent texts on the subject and the range of issues discussed at international conferences, the growing points in the theoretical foundations of behavior therapy are to be found in all branches of experimental psychology. It would be presumptuous on my part to attempt to review these many advances. This book sets out to do just that. I intend instead to undertake a metatheoretical exercise. The successful expansion of techniques and theoretical models has now reached the point where behavior therapy is little more than a vague umbrella term. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the conceptual foundations of the movement and to construct an argument for choosing concepts and assumptions that define a therapy as being of the behavioral type. The value of this exercise ultimately lies in its implications for future theoretical progress.


Behavior Therapist Behavior Therapy Behavioral Analysis Behavioral Type Theoretical Progress 
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  • R. S. Hallam
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  1. 1.Audiology CentreInstitute of Laryngology and OtologyLondonEngland

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