Habit reversal and differential reinforcement of other behaviour in the treatment of thumb-sucking: an analysis of generalization and side- effects

Christensen, Alison P. and Sanders, Matthew R. (1987) Habit reversal and differential reinforcement of other behaviour in the treatment of thumb-sucking: an analysis of generalization and side- effects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 28 2: 281-295. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb00211.x


Author Christensen, Alison P.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Habit reversal and differential reinforcement of other behaviour in the treatment of thumb-sucking: an analysis of generalization and side- effects
Journal name Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9630
1469-7610
Publication date 1987-03
Year available 1987
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb00211.x
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 281
End page 295
Total pages 16
Place of publication Great Britain
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
380100 Psychology
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract Abstract—This study evaluated the generalization, maintenance, and negative side-effects of Habit Reversal (HR) and Differential Reinforcement of Other Behaviour (DRO) in the elimination of thumbsucking. Thirty children who sucked their thumbs or fingers excessively were randomly assigned to a HR, DRO or wait-list control group. Observation data were collected in three observation settings. Both procedures effectively reduced thumb-sucking in both a training setting and in two generalization settings, and initial generalization effects maintained over time. However, both procedures resulted in some temporary increases in oppositional behaviour and produced low elimination rates. Differences between HR and DRO were not statistically significant; however parents evaluated HR somewhat more favourably than DRO.
Keyword habit reversal
differential reinforcement
thumb- sucking
generalization
generalisation
side- effect
RCT
Randomised Controlled Trial
Randomized Controlled Trial
observation
oppositional behaviour
oppositional behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This is an author version of an article originally published as Alison P. Christensen and Matthew R. Sanders (1987) Habit reversal and differential reinforcement of other behaviour in the treatment of thumb-sucking: an analysis of generalization and side- effects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 28 (2): 281-295. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb00211.x. Copyright 1987 Blackwell Publishing. All rights reserved.

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