Behavior Therapy For Children By Sidney W. Bijou and William H. Redd

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Introduction: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In the past decade, psychotherapists have been turning in increasing numbers to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and behavioral techniques in the treatment of children. Almost twenty years ago, in 1954, a review of the child therapies (Bijou, 1954) showed that practically all the techniques then in use could be subsumed under these major categories: child psychoanalysis, the briefer psychoanalytic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and client-centered play therapy. In 1966, a similar review (Bijou, 1966) showed the same three categories together with two approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Now there are four approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with a literature of well over a thousand titles.

The rapid acceptance of child-behavior therapy may be attributable to many conditions, some rather obscure, others patently obvious. Among the latter, four stand out. There is, first, the changing paradigms of scientific thought (Kuhn, 1962). Psychology viewed as the branch of philosophy
concerned with the understanding of the mind has been gradually rejected in favor of a more scientific approach. The current focus of psychology is the control and prediction of behavior rather than the further explanation of mental processes and states. Perhaps more than any other approach to the treatment of psychological disorders, behavior therapy resonates with psychology as a natural science. Thus, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy appears to bridge the gap between the mainstream of academic psychology and clinical practice

Contents

Behavior Therapy For Children
Historical Background
Theoretical Models
Behavior Diagnosis, Classification, and Initial Assessment
Therapeutic Procedures
Evaluation of Child-Behavior
Therapy Implications and Future Trends
Bibliography

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