Comparison of the effects of instructions and reinforcement in the treatment of a neurotic avoidance response: A single case experiment

Harold Leitenberg, John P. Wincze, Robert A. Butz, Edward J Callahan, Stewart W. Agras

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The technique of experimental analysis of a single case employing a sequential design and quantifiable behavioral measures was used to study the contribution of instructions and reinforcement to the modification of severe neurotic behavior. The overall effect of instructions was small or transient compared to that of reinforcement procedures which produced stable changes of clinical relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1970
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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