Behavior Therapy for Tourette's Disorder: Utilization in a Community Sample and an Emerging Area of Practice for Psychologists

Douglas W. Woods, Christine A. Conelea, Michael B. Himle

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Abstract

The current article describes the phenomenology and empirically supported treatments for Tourette's disorder (TD) and presents data on treatment utilization from two separate national surveys of adults with TD ( N = 672) and parents of children with TD ( N = 740). Despite a wealth of empirical evidence demonstrating its effectiveness, results suggest that most people with TD do not receive behavior therapy for the condition. Reasons for this include a lack of information about the disorder among consumers and providers, a shortage of providers trained in the treatment, and concern about possible negative effects of behavioral treatment. The article concludes with a discussion about dissemination efforts aimed at making behavior therapy more widely available to children and adults with chronic tics and a review of beliefs about the negative effects of behavior therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-525
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Behavior therapy
  • Emerging practice
  • Habit reversal
  • Tic disorder
  • Tourette's disorder

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