ERIC Number: ED075739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Development and Legal Regulation of Coercive Behavior Modification Techniques with Offenders.
Schwitzgebel, Ralph K.
This monograph provides information about behavior change techniques of relevance to the treatment and handling of offenders. Since behavior modification techniques focus on behavior and since most offenses involve observable behavior, these techniques are remarkably well-suited for integration into the criminal justice system. The author describes the major behavior modification techniques of classical and operant conditioning, aversive suppression, and electronic monitoring and intervention and discusses significant research related to these techniques. In examining the legal regulation of offenders, he notes the inconsistent and vague statutory standards among the States, the poorly defined administrative standards, and the need for judicial intervention to protect the offender's rights covered in provisions on cruel and unusual punishment, due process, equal protection, and privacy. (Author/LAA)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Classical Conditioning, Controlled Environment, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Court Litigation, Criminals, Due Process, Imitation, Institutional Administration, Laws, Learning Theories, Legislation, Operant Conditioning, Prisoners, Relaxation Training, Sensitivity Training, Social Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($.45)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.