behavior therapy

noun

variants or behavioral therapy or behavior modification or behavioral modification
: psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions) compare cognitive therapy
behavior therapist noun
or behavioral therapist

Examples of behavior therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite behavior therapy often recommended alone or as adjunct to medications, only about half of children with current ADHD, 53.6%, had used medication and 44.4% had received behavioral therapy in the last year, according to parent responses. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 27 May 2024 The clinic provides dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, a form of talk therapy that aids in emotional regulation, for local youth and their families. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 The good news: In one Boston University study, cognitive behavior therapy designed specifically for hoarders led to improvements for 70 percent of those who tried it. By Michael Roizen, M.d., and Mehmet Oz, M.d., Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 In the field of autism behavior therapy, there's no state law dictating how deep those background checks should go. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 However, with therapy preferably (Cognitive behavior therapy) and some critical introspection, there are ways to be more aware of this behavior. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 23 Aug. 2023 Alternative solutions to youth crime Some curfew opponents point to approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy, a type of talk therapy that helps identify thought patterns and tries to change them, and tailored drug or mental health treatment programs as more effective strategies, Carbone said. Amanda Hernandez, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2023 Some therapists have found that patients respond well to methods like cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and forest bathing—a process where patients spend time in a forest, immersed in its atmosphere—to reconnect with nature. Hannah Seo, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2023 The professional will decide if your child needs treatment, which is usually in the form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Nicole Harris, Parents, 15 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of behavior therapy was in 1937

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“Behavior therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behavior%20therapy. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

behavior therapy

noun
variants or behavioral therapy or behavior modification or behavioral modification
: psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions) compare cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy

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