Overview of Behavioral Treatment

  • Joseph R. Cautela
  • Albert J. Kearney


The use of behavioral principles and procedures in treating maladaptive behavior has, at various times, been labeled behavior modification, applied behavior analysis, or behavior therapy. Although these terms have sometimes been used interchangeably, some distinctions can be made. Behavior modification is perhaps the broadest of the three terms, encompassing all behavioral procedures. Applied behavior analysis refers to applications of operant conditioning procedures to problem human behavior. The applications are very broad, not only encompassing the maladaptive behaviors that are the focus of this book, but also extending into other aspects of human endeavor, such as education, industry, environmental problems, and law enforcement. The term behavior therapy focuses on clinically relevant target behaviors. Behavior therapy has often been used to suggest the use of respondent procedures such as those developed by Joseph Wolpe (1958).


Behavior Therapy Target Behavior Maladaptive Behavior Apply Behavior Analysis Social Skill Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph R. Cautela
    • 1
  • Albert J. Kearney
    • 2
  1. 1.Behavior Therapy InstituteSudburyUSA
  2. 2.Maynard Public SchoolsMaynardUSA

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