Theories of Behavior Therapy: Exploring Behavior Change

Pages: 753
Item #: 4317481
ISBN: 978-1-55798-488-3
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
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Many new theoretical directions have emerged within behavior therapy over the past 20 years, but researchers and practitioners often have not had opportunities to explore their details or implications. Theories of Behavior Therapy compiles and explicates the spectrum of major theories relevant to contemporary behavior therapy, with much of the material written by the leading proponent of the theories described.

This book explores theories of reciprocal inhibition, reinforcement, moral regulation, traumatic memory, learned alarms, bioinformation, self-control and self-efficacy, coercion, attribution, information processing, and relapse prevention, as well as evolutionary, feminist, Marxist, dialectical, and paradigmatic perspectives and the matching law and two-factor fear theories. It examines hypothesis-based interventions for clinical decision making, functional analytic psychotherapy, and interbehavioral psychology.

For each theory, a recognized expert in the field presents a thorough description—including underlying assumptions, scope and structure, and specific assertions—and highlights important features. The discussions cover evaluation of the theories, including how they stand up to "rival" theories, and examine clinical applications and implications. O'Donohue and Krasner set the stage with an overview of what theory is in general and what role it plays in science, discussing influential figures from Skinner to Laudan. They present a brief history of behavior therapy and its theoretical foundations, including the argument that the newly popular term cognitive–behavior therapy is, in fact, an oxymoron. Theories of Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive and wide-ranging reference work for behavior therapists and researchers.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


  1. Theories in Behavior Therapy: Philosophical and Historical Contexts
    —William O'Donohue and Leonard Krasner
  2. Reciprocal Inhibition: Major Agent of Behavior Change
    —Joseph Wolpe
  3. Reconceptualizing Reinforcement: A Causal-System Approach to Reinforcement and Behavior Change
    —William Timberlake
  4. Molar Regulatory Theory and Behavior Therapy
    —Kevin J. Tierney
  5. The Matching Law as a Theory of Choice in Behavior Therapy
    —James P. Noll
  6. Two-Factor Fear Theory: Implications for Understanding Anxiety-Based Clinical Phenomena
    —Wallace R. McAllister and Dorothy E. McAllister
  7. Decoding Traumatic Memory: Implosive Theory of Psychopathology
    —Donald J. Levis
  8. Learned Alarms: The Origins of Panic
    —Michele M. Carter and David H. Barlow
  9. Bioinformational Theory and Behavior Therapy
    —David J. Drobes and Peter J. Lang
  10. Self-Control Theory
    —Paul Karoly
  11. A Developmental Perspective on Behavior Therapy
    —M. Christine Lovejoy and Barbara Hawk
  12. Coercion: A Two-Level Theory of Antisocial Behavior
    —James J. Snyder
  13. Self-Efficacy Theory of Behavioral Change: Foundations, Conceptual Issues, and Therapeutic Implications
    —Daniel Cervone and Walter D. Scott
  14. Attribution Theory: Clinical Applications
    —Gerald I. Metalsky, Rebecca S. Laird, Pamela M. Heck, and Thomas E. Joiner, Jr.
  15. An Information-Processing Theory of the Measurement of Social Competence
    —Elizabeth C. McDonel
  16. A Theory of Relapse Prevention
    —D. R. Laws
  17. Evolutionary Theory and Behavior Therapy
    —James V. Corwin and William O'Donohue
  18. Feminist Theory and Cognitive Behaviorism
    —Felicity Allen
  19. Marxist Theory and Behavior Therapy
    —Jerome D. Ulman
  20. The Dialectics of Effective Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
    —Marsha M. Linehan and Henry Schmidt III
  21. Hypothesis-Based Interventions: A Theory of Clinical Decision Making
    —Alan C. Repp, Kathryn G. Karsh, Dennis Munk, and Carol M. Dahlquist
  22. Interbehavioral Psychology: Critical, Systematic, and Integrative Approach to Clinical Services
    —Dennis J. Delprato
  23. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: A Behavioral Approach to Intensive Treatment
    —Robert J Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai
  24. Paradigmatic Behaviorism and Paradigmatic Behavior Therapy
    —Arthur W. Staats
  25. Theories of Behavior Therapy and Scientific Progress
    —William O'Donohue and Leonard Krasner

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