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Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Volume I: Adult Clinical Applications Volume II: Child Clinical Applications Volume III: Educational Applications

Three Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Michel Hersen - School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, USA, Pacific University, USA

January 2005 | 1 856 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The three-volume Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy provides a thorough examination of the components of behavior modification, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and applied behavior analysis for both child and adult populations in a variety of settings. Although the focus is on technical applications, entries also provide the historical context in which behavior therapists have worked, including research issues and strategies. Entries on assessment, ethical concerns, theoretical differences, and the unique contributions of key figures in the movement (including B. F. Skinner, Joseph Wolpe, Aaron T. Beck, and many others) are also included. No other reference source provides such comprehensive treatment of behavior modification—history, biography, theory, and application.

Thematic Coverage

The first of the thematic volumes covers Adult Clinical Applications. Adults are the most common population encountered by researchers, clinicians, and students, and therefore more than 150 entries were needed to cover all necessary methods. The second volume covers Child Clinical Applications in 140 entries. One especially useful aspect of this volume will be the complications sections, addressing "what can go wrong" in working with children. This is an area often overlooked in journal articles on the subject. Volume III, Educational Applications, addresses a range of strategies and principles of applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, and behavior modification and therapy. These entries focus on classroom and school contexts in which the instructional and behavioral interactions between teachers and their learners are emphasized.

Unique, Easy-to-Follow Format

Each of the volumes' entries address a full range of mental health conditions and their respective treatments, with the aim of providing systematic and scientific evaluation of clinical interventions in a fashion which will lend itself to the particular style of treatment common to behavior modification.

Major entries for specific strategies follow a similar format:

1. Description of the Strategy
2. Research Basis
3. Relevant Target Populations and Exceptions
4. Complications
5. Case Illustration
6. Suggested Readings
7. Key Words

Biographical sketches include the following:

1. Birthplace and Date
2. Early Influences
3. Education History
4. Professional Models
5. Major Contributions to the Field
6. Current Work and Views
7. Future Plans


This encyclopedia was designed to enhance the resources available to students, scholars, practitioners, and other interested social science readers. The use of in-text citations, jargon, and descriptions of research designs and statistics has been minimized, making this an accessible, comprehensive resource for students and scholars alike. Academic and research librarians in the social sciences, health, and medicine will all find this an invaluable addition to their collections.
Key Features

  • Three thematic volumes and over 430 total entries
  • Five anchor articles in each volume provide context on major issues within the field
  • Key words and lists of suggested readings follow each entry
  • Contributions by internationally renowned authors from England, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States

Volume Editors

Volume I: Adult Clinical Applications
Michel Hersen & Johan Rosqvist
Pacific University

Volume II: Child Clinical Applications
Alan M. Gross & Ronald S. Drabman
University of Mississippi

Volume III: Educational Applications
George Sugai & Robert Horner
University of Oregon

Advisory Board

Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

Stewart W. Agras, M.D. 
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP
Center of Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University

Alan S. Bellack, Ph.D., ABPP
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Edward B. Blanchard, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Albany, SUNY

James E. Carr, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University

Anthony J. Cuvo, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University

Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

Eric F. Dubow, Ph.D.
Psychology Department, Bowling Green State University

Rex L. Forehand, Ph.D.
Psychology Department, University of Vermont

Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., ABPP
Center for Multimodal Psychological Services

Robert P. Liberman, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, West Louisiana VA Medical Center

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Emory University

Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP
Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Nathaniel McConaghy, DSc, M.D.
School of Psychiatry, University of N.S.W, Australia

Rosemery O. Nelson-Gray, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Lars-Göran Öst, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

Alan D. Poling, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University

Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Florida International University

Gail Steketee, Ph.D.
School of Social Work, Boston University

Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

"A welcome complement to other reference sources that cover clinical psychology and therapeutic applications, this encyclopedia is broader in scope. . . . It has a volume each on adult and child clinical applications and a third on educational applications, the latter particularly valuable for classroom and school contexts. . . . This source belongs in all libraries offering majors and graduate degrees in clinical social work, psychology, medicine, and allied health fields. . . . Highly recommended."

J. Gelfand
University of California, Irvine
Key features
  • A Reader's Guide at the beginning of each volume groups and categorizes entries under major topic headings (e.g., Assessment, Diagnostic Issues, Intervention, Treatment, etc.) to enable readers to more easily find entries that relate to a particular focus of interest.
  • Longer entries deal with technical applications (e.g., flooding, systematic desensitization, token economy) and follow a common format: a) description of the application or strategy, b) the research basis of the strategy, c) relevant target populations and exceptions, d) complications, and—in selected instances—e) a brief case example.
  • Briefer entries reflect historical, assessment, ethical/legal, and broader issues related to behavioral change.
  • Biographical and autobiographical entries provide readers with context so they can better understand the genesis and growth of this field.  
  • Following each entry, lists of Suggested Readings guide readers in following up on areas of particular interest and Cross-References guide them to related entries across all three volumes. Contributions by authors from England, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the U.S., acknowledge the world-wide contributions made in this field and provide international scope.

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