The Behavioral Treatment of Hysterical Paralysis in a Ten-Year-Old Boy: A Case Study

ALAN M. DELAMATER, NEIL ROSENBLOOM, C. KEITH CONNERS, LINDA HERTWECK

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Scopus citations

Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The Behavioral Treatment of Hysterical Paralysis in a Ten-Year-Old Boy: A Case Study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this