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May 1971

Specifying Criteria for Completion of Psychiatric TreatmentA Behavioristic Approach

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Division of Neuropsychiatry, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center (MAJ Moss), and the Department of Psychology American University, Washington DC (Dr. Boren).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(5):441-447. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750110053009

Three relatively simple procedures derived from the experimental analysis of behavior are described with clinical illustrations: (1) a specific, operational definition of the patient's problem; (2) a specific, operational definition of treatment goals; and (3) establishment of a system of measurement to determine direction and magnitude of change. Through systematic application to psychiatric treatment, these procedures are designed to provide an operational technology for evaluation of therapeutic effectiveness.