ERIC Number: ED318158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Language of Pain: Perspectives on Behaviour Management.
G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
This examination of the use of aversive techniques as a form of "therapy" for people with mental handicaps includes 12 articles by specialists who argue that the use of aversive procedures is socially, ethically, legally, and scientifically untenable as well as 3 ancedotal case studies by a patient advocate and 2 personal accounts by persons who have suffered from aversive therapies, one of them a patient and the other a parent. The 12 articles have the following titles and authors: "Aversive Conditioning: Necessity or Failure?" (Tim Stainton); "The Use of Aversives: One Psychologist's Viewpoint" (Carole Sinclair); "Redefining the Problem: An Alternative View of Difficult Behavior" (Douglas Logan); "My Sister Kelly" (Mary Collins); "The Efficacy of Behaviour Modification Techniques for Persons Labelled Mentally Handicapped" (Bill Downer); "Aversive Therapy" (Dot Ewen); "This May Hurt a Bit" (Orville Endicott); "'The Therapy of Despair': A Family Medicine Perspective" (Yves Talbot); "Legal Advocacy and the Use of Aversives" (Brian Weagant and Dorothy Griffiths); "Aversives: Differential 'Treatment' for People with a Mental Handicap" (S. Dulcie McCallum); "Equality Rights and Aversive Therapy" (Catherine Frazee); "A Self-Advocate's Perspective" (Pat Worth). The personal accounts are: "Something I Would Like To Forget," by Peter Park, and "Speaking as a Parent," by Margaret Price. The three case studies, by Jill Leach, each concern an individual in successful transition from a punitive institutional environment to "living in the community." (DB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Behavior Change, Behavior Modification, Case Studies, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Opinions, Outcomes of Treatment, Punishment, Training Methods
G. Allan Roeher Institute, 4700 Keele St., Kinsmen Building, York University, Downsview, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).