This paper describes the use of behavioral techniques with a 10 1/2 -year-old boy diagnosed as having hysterical paralysis of both legs. The case demonstrates the use of withdrawal of reinforcement for hysterical behavior and the use of positive reinforcement for successive approximations of walking behavior. The patient regained full mobility within 2 weeks after the beginning of the program, and showed other behavioral improvements as well (increased vocalizations, decreased isolative behavior and lethargy-dejection). At 6-month follow-up, the patient had maintained his gains, with no symptom substitutions. The treatment is discussed within its context (a pediatric psychiatric inpatient facility) with consideration to the role of psychiatric staff in employing behavioral methods.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry|
|State||Published - 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health