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From behavior theory to behavior therapy: The contributions of behavioral theories and research to the advancement of behavior therapy

Authors
Journal
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
0005-7916
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
24
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0005-7916(93)90038-x
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract As we approach the latter years of the twentieth century, a century that witnessed the birth of the behavior therapy movement, it becomes increasingly important to undestand the forces that shaped the development, advancement, and success of behavior therapy. This paper is an introduction to a series of articles analyzing how major behavioral theories and research have contributed to the advancement of behavior therapy. In view of the fact that many behavior therapist have lost touch with the relation between behavior theory and behavior therapy and the challenges of the “cognitive revolution”, we argue that the field would benefit conceptually and practically from integrating and utilizing the resources provided by recent advances in basic behavioral theory and research. The articles in this symposium attempt to build conceptual, methodological, and practical bridges to help behavior therapist recognize and utilize basic behavioral research and concepts.

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