An effective and acceptable treatment alternative for chronic thumb- and finger-sucking

Patrick C. Friman, J. Michael Leibowitz

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Abstract

Evaluated treatment for thumb-sucking in a randomized trial. Study included 22 children, ages 4-11, who displayed chronic thumb-sucking. Treatment included aversive taste and a reward system. Significant results were obtained at posttest, with 12 cessations at 3-month follow-up and 20 at 1 year. Participating parents, pediatricians, and pediatric psychologists validated treatment acceptability. Results support the treatment as an alternative to common medical and dental advice about thumb-sucking. Directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1990

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Keywords

  • Aversive taste treatment
  • Habit disorders
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Treatment acceptability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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An effective and acceptable treatment alternative for chronic thumb- and finger-sucking. / Friman, Patrick C.; Leibowitz, J. Michael.

In: Journal of pediatric psychology, Vol. 15, No. 1, 01.02.1990, p. 57-65.

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Friman, Patrick C. ; Leibowitz, J. Michael. / An effective and acceptable treatment alternative for chronic thumb- and finger-sucking. In: Journal of pediatric psychology. 1990 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 57-65.
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