Acceptability of treatments for trichotillomania: Effects of age and severity

Amy J. Elliott, R. Wayne Fuqua

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Based on the literature, trichotillomania (TTM, chronic hair pulling) in children and adults appears to be responsive to behavioral interventions such as habit reversal. However, some have questioned the generality and acceptability of such procedures. This study compared the acceptability ratings of four interventions targeting TTM (habit reversal, hypnosis, medication, and punishment). In the study, 233 college students read case vignettes in which the age of the analogue client and the severity of the hair pulling were manipulated. Results showed significant differences between the four treatment conditions, with hypnosis and habit reversal being rated most acceptable. Age of the analogue client and severity of TTM did not significantly influence acceptability ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-399
Number of pages22
JournalBehavior Modification
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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