Phone phobia, phact or phantasy? An operant approach to a child's disruptive behavior induced by telephone usage

Roberta L. Babbitt, John M. Parrish

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Abstract

The clinical efficacy of a contingency management program for treating a developmentally disabled girl referred for telephone phobia was evaluated using both a multiple baseline across settings design and a reversal design. A descriptive analysis indicated that the 'phobia' was in all probability an operant, rather than a respondent. The treatment, consisting of differential reinforcement, extinction and time-out, was effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of disruptive behaviors in response to telephone usage. Follow-up assessments at 1, 3, and 6 months revealed that treatment gains were maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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