Management of Maladaptive Behavior of a Severely Burned Child

Shorkey, Clayton T.; Taylor, John E.
October 1973
Child Welfare;Oct73, Vol. 52 Issue 8, p543
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article focuses on a case involving the use of behavior-modification techniques by a social worker and nurses for the assessment and management of the emotional problems of a severely burned 17-month-old girl. Sources of the development of maladaptive emotional behavior in a severely burned child include an increase in pain or discomfort caused by the injury or the medical treatment. The social worker and nurses developed a system of behavior management for the patient. Consistent application of discrimination and counterconditioning procedures helped decrease the child's anxiety responses during social and treatment periods.


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