Treatment of unobserved trichotillomania by attention-reflection and punishment of an apparent covariant.

@article{Altman1982TreatmentOU,
  title={Treatment of unobserved trichotillomania by attention-reflection and punishment of an apparent covariant.},
  author={Karl Altman and C Grahs and Patrick C. Friman},
  journal={Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry},
  year={1982},
  volume={13 4},
  pages={337-40}
}
Frequent but primarily unobserved hairpulling, by a 3-yr-old girl was followed by a differential reinforcement procedure, attention-reflection, and punishment of thumbsucking, a possibly covarying behavior. Initially, attention-reflection reduced the hairpulling, but not to a clinically significant level. Dramatic decreases in hairpulling were achieved when thumbsucking was punished by application of a "bad tasting" substance. A brief reversal supports the contention that the two behaviors were… CONTINUE READING

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