Etiological hypotheses in a time-series case study of multiple behavior problems

William D Spaulding, John E. Cannell, David S. Hargrove

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A 15-year-old male was treated over a 20-month period for multiple behavior problems, including social isolation, family conflict, classroom behavior problems, scholastic underachievement, and impulsivity. Initial assessment data suggested that the problems were the result of a complex, interacting set of environmental, cognitive, and psychophysiological factors. Treatment was delivered and validated using a time-series design to test hypotheses generated by etiological theory. Discussion addresses the need for better use of psychopathological principles and etiological theory in clinical practice. The success of the case study suggests that this can be done by combining behavioral and psychometric clinical assessment, idiographic application of theory, an hypotheticodeductive approach to intervention, and time-series methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1985

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Keywords

  • adolescent behavior problems
  • hyperactivity
  • multimodal treatment
  • time series

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Etiological hypotheses in a time-series case study of multiple behavior problems. / Spaulding, William D; Cannell, John E.; Hargrove, David S.

In: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.09.1985, p. 261-276.

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