Behavioral interventions, including covert sensitization, systemic desensitization, positive reinforcement, body and bag search, and reminders, occur consistently as part of treatment, but have little effect on her symptoms.
Behavioral interventions, such as covert sensitization and systemic desensitization, often are used to treat kleptomania.
Many Ram bhakts went underground with Gita and Ramayan reciting slokas and narrating stories in front of village assemblies as a covert sensitization
operation against the national emergency.
Cases relate to dream interpretation and analysis of transference and countertransference, Adlerian therapy, the Jungian approach, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), covert sensitization
, cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy, family therapy, meditation, and integrative therapy.
A sampling of techniques discussed includes: cognitive-behavioral techniques, reframing and other NLP techniques, systematic desensitization, covert sensitization
, 12-step programs, guided imagery, meditation, and more.
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Fortunately, a growing body of research suggests the effectiveness of using several fundamental components of behavior and cognitive-behavioral approaches to treat kleptomania and co-occurring behavior problems (e.g., Gauthier & Pellerin, 1982; Glover, 1985; Grant, 2006a; Kohn & Antonuccio, 2002), including covert sensitization, shaping, behavioral chaining, problem-solving, cognitive restructuring, and homework (O'Donohue, Hayes, & Fisher, 2003).
Management of compulsive shoplifting through covert sensitization. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 13, 73-75.
Covert sensitization has been the most widely used behavioral treatment procedure to decrease deviant sexual arousal in sex offender therapy.
Covert sensitization involves the pairing in imagination scenes of unwanted behavior with scenes aversive to the individual.
The advantage of covert sensitization as a procedure for decreasing undesirable behaviors is that it can be used without the objectionable behaviors occurring.
Another advantage of covert sensitization is that it can be applied to a greater range of stimulus situations (Cautela & Wisocki, 1971).