Successful treatment of smokers with a broad-spectrum behavioral approach

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Compared a broad-spectrum treatment (aversion, contractual management, booster sessions, group contact, and support) against a control limited to 1 wk of aversive conditioning (satiation). 16 males and 18 females (mean age 31.2 yrs) served as Ss. Results indicate a dramatic treatment effect, with 76% of experimental Ss (as compared to 35% of controls) remaining abstinent at a 6-mo follow-up. These findings suggest that a clinically effective program may have been established. Further research is needed both to isolate the effective components of treatment and to assess the possible application of similar broad-spectrum approaches to large numbers of smokers in clinical settings. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1977


  • broad-spectrum behavioral approach vs 1 wk of aversive conditioning, abstinence from smoking, male &
  • female smokers, 6-mo followup


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