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Principles and Practice of Relapse Prevention (Hardback)
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Principles and Practice of Relapse Prevention (Hardback)

Hardback 383 Pages / Published: 21/01/1993
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This volume presents a comprehensive survey of the literature on relapse prevention strategies, with an emphasis on the clinical techniques employed. It draws together for the first time the available information about relapse prevention strategies in clinical psychology and addresses the problems of relapse and relapse prevention in a wide variety of disorders such as alcohol use, depression, sexual deviance, and anxiety. Throughout this text, the emphasis on prevention, prediction, and processes involved in relapse provides a focus for clinicians and researchers in their efforts to develop new clinical approaches. This book will be useful for psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, and all mental health professionals working with clients for whom relapse is a high risk.
There is now a sizable body of literature concerned with the prediction, prevention, and processes of relapse across a wide range of clinical problems. Drawing together this information for the first time, this book takes the clinician and researcher through several of these common adult disorders and illustrates the ways in which relapse may be prevented with each one. An ideal resource, the book comprehensively reviews the literature, details specific clinical techniques, and reports on the experimental evaluations of these strategies.
Chapter authors, representing an international array of noted experts, discuss relapse prevention strategies for alcohol problems, smoking, obesity, and anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Separate chapters also cover such clinical problems as depression, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorders, sexual deviance, and schizophrenia. Finally, the use of relapse prevention techniques as applied to such complaints as chronic pain, marital problems, social competence, and stuttering is addressed.
Each chapter, focusing on a specific problem, examines its nature, applicable treatment approaches, and the available research evidence on the rate of relapse. Clinical techniques are described, the outcome literature reviewed, and clinical and research recommendation presented. Whenever possible, tables are used to summarize the results of principle studies.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9780898628913
Number of pages: 383
Weight: 956 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 27 mm

"Each chapter gives an overview of treatments used and a comparison of them, a comprehensive review and analysis of research and an extensive list of references and would, I feel, be a useful addition to a departmental library. Although much has been written on the individual disorders, the bringing-together of such diverse subjects is a welcome contribution to the field." --"British Journal of Psychiatry"
"Peter Wilson has assembled a group of distinguished clinicians and researchers..."This book should be a goad to researchers to being more thorough studies of relapse prevention with a variety of disorders, and a caution to clinicians to keep their expectations for the success of available approaches within the bounds of our currently limited scientific knowledge." --"Child & Family Behavior Therapy"
"In all areas, the enthusiasm, the inventiveness, and the industry displayed by practitioners is stimulating...Although clinicians will benefit from an update such as this, the book is likely to be of most interest to behavioral researchers." --"Alcohol & Alcoholism"
"With each clinical syndrome international experts do an excellent job of reviewing the research on the determinants of relapse and therapeutic interventions to prevent relapse...The authors in this book are excellent teachers about the dynamics of action and what is known about interventions that encourage action to continue and conditions under which it relapses." --"Contemporary Psychology"

"This excellent work makes a major contribution by extending relapse prevention to a wide range of nonaddictive chronic clinic disorders. The contributors endeavor to integrate research and practice, and to promote and guide sorely needed long-term follow-up research. Topics covered include alcohol, smoking, obesity, eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sexual deviance, pain, marital distress, social competance, and stuttering."
--Jon G. Allen, Ph.D. Review in Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"This excellent work makes a major contribution by extending relapse prevention to a wide range of nonaddictive chronic clinical disorders." --Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"Behavior therapy is probably the most effective psychological intervention at this time for the treatment of most addictions, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, chronic pain, stuttering, social and marital disorders, and more. But sooner or later serious problems of relapse prevention (RP) and maintenance present themselves. Practitioners and researchers alike are increasingly aware of the need to unravel the factors that trigger off RP and the clinical procedures necessary to achieve durable maintenance. Prior to the appearance of Dr. Wilson's text, to the extent that it was available at all this material was scattered throughout the literature and there was no convenient way of making an informed appraisal of this information.

Dr. Wilson and his impressive team of coauthors systematically survey virtually every facet of RP, place these matters in perspective, point the way to future research endeavors, and outline the manner in which clinicians might avail themselves now of what is known. This book is timely, comprehensive, informative, and clearly written--in brief, an essential resource for all practitioners and researchers. In producing this unique volume, Dr. Wilson and his fellow contributors have performed a signal service to the professional community and thereby to the public at large. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only book of its kind in existence." --Cyril M. Franks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

"Principles and Practice of Relapse Prevention constitutes an important addition to the literature. As cognitive-behavioral treatments are shown to be efficacious with an increasing number of disorders, issues concerning the maintenance of treatment gains and the prevention of relapse will become the focus of attention. Dr. Wilson and his colleagues have done an outstanding job of presenting the current clinical and theoretical status of this field." --Peter M. Lewinsohn, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute

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