Relax and try this instead: Abbreviated habit reversal for maladaptive self-biting

Kevin M. Jones, Susan M. Swearer, Patrick C. Friman

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We evaluated the effectiveness of an abbreviated habit reversal procedure to reduce maladaptive oral self-biting in an adolescent boy in residential care. Treatment involved a combination of relaxation and two competing responses. Results of a withdrawal design and two posttreatment medical evaluations indicated that the intervention eliminated the biting and the tissue damage it caused.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-699
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Habit disorders
  • Habit reversal
  • Self-biting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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