The use of an enhanced simplified habit-reversal procedure to reduce disruptive outbursts during athletic performance

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An enhanced simplified habit-reversal procedure was used with a 14-year-old boy who presented with a long history of disruptive, angry outbursts during tennis matches. Initial treatment involved simplified habit-reversal procedures delivered in a multiple baseline design across settings. Modest results led to additional supporting contingencies, including response cost. Results showed elimination of disruptive outbursts during both nontournament and tournament matches and highlight the importance of adding additional supporting contingencies to simplified habit reversal for some self-control problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-492
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Athletic performance
  • Habit reversal
  • Self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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