Simplified habit reversal treatment for chronic hair pulling in three adolescents: A clinical replication with direct observation

John T. Rapp, Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ethan S. Long, Amy J. Elliott, Vicki A. Lumley

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Abstract

Three developmentally normal adolescents with chronic hair pulling were treated with a simplified habit reversal procedure consisting of awareness training, competing response training, and social support. Treatment resulted in an immediate reduction to near-zero levels of hair pulling, with one to three booster sessions required to maintain these levels. The results were maintained from 18 to 27 weeks posttreatment, although 1 participant reported difficulty at follow-up. The effectiveness of simplified habit reversal and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Awareness training
  • Competing response training
  • Habit reversal
  • Hair pulling
  • Social support
  • Trichotillomania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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