Aversive imagery: treatment in adolescents

I. Kolvin

In: Adaptive Learning Behaviour Modification with Children 1973; 167-172

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Reprinted from Adaptive Learning Behaviour Modification with Children, B.A. Ashem and E.G. Poser (eds.) "Aversive imagery: treatment in adolescents", I. Kolvin, pp. 167-172, (© Pergamon General Psychology Series, 1973).


A technique of "Aversive Imagery" in the treatment of intellectually dull and verbally unforthcoming adolescents is described. Two cases are discussed, namely a fetishist and a petrol addict. With the fetishist the treatment was supplemented by psychosexual instruction, education and reassurance about acceptable heterosexual relationships. The fetishist recovered in eight sessions, the petrol addict in twenty sessions. Later enquiries revealed no relapses but the fetishist merits prolonged follow-up.

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