Multi-component behavioral treatment of trichotillomania: A case study

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A 21-year-old female with a 13-year history of compulsive hair pulling was treated via a multi-component behavioral intervention strategy. Dependent variables included both quasi-direct behavioral frequency counts (i.e., number of hairs pulled) and physical trace, natural erosion measures (i.e. size of bald areas). Results indicated dramatic decrease in number of hairs pulled from treatment through 40 weeks post-initiation of baseline. These findings were discussed with regard to situational-specificity of trichotillomania and reliance upon experimenter-derived rather than subject-controlled data collection sources. © 1978.




Bornstein, P. H., & Rychtarik, R. G. (1978). Multi-component behavioral treatment of trichotillomania: A case study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 16(3), 217–220.

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