Understanding Behavior Disorders

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Woods, D. W., & Kanter, J. W. (Eds.). (2007). Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
Contextual Methodology & Scientific Strategy
Education: Conceptual
Education: Empirical
Other Third-Wave Therapies: Conceptual
Other Third-Wave Therapies: Empirical
Professional Issues in Contextual Behavioral Science
RFT: Conceptual
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
RFT, relational frame theory, behavior, behavior analysis, disorders, research, clinical, ACT, DBT, FAP, behavioral activation

A relatively large portion of the population suffers from some behavior problem, be it their own or that of someone they love. Historically, the discipline of behavior analysis has been successful in using findings from basic research to create effective treatments for these problems. In fact, behavior analytic treatments have become the gold-standard in training those with autism and other developmental disabilities to communicate, engage in good social relations, and reduce self-injury. Although at the forefront of early treatment advances for depression, anxiety, attention deficits, etc., in the last thirty years, basic behavior analytic research has done little to advance the understanding and treatment of these problems. However, with the recent development of a workable behavior analytic theory of language and cognition (i.e., Relational Frame Theory, RFT) along with “third wave” behavioral interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, behavioral activation, and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, behavior analysis may again be ready to advance both the understanding and treatment of various psychiatric problems.

In this volume, Woods and Kanter present a contemporary behavioral model of behavior disorders that incorporates the findings of current RFT research. Experimentally testable and rich in possibilities for clinical work, this view of disordered behavior is an important milestone in clinical psychotherapy - an opportunity for behavioral clinicians to reintegrate their clinical practice with an experimental analysis of behavior.

Topics include:

Introduction to Behavioral Principles
Applied Extensions of Behavioral Principles
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Psychotic Disorders
Addictive Behavior
Eating Disorders
Personality Disorders
Sexual Disorders
Health Issues
Childhood Disorders

A comprehensive approach to behavioral disorders by diagnosis - covers all 3 waves & explains how each moves the work forward - excellent for grad students & practitioners that were not trained to conceptualize from a behavioral perspective.