On the status of knowledge for using punishment implications for treating behavior disorders

J Appl Behav Anal. Winter 2002;35(4):431-64. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2002.35-431.


In this paper, we review basic and applied findings on punishment and discuss the importance of conducting further research in this area. The characteristics of responding during punishment and numerous factors that interact with basic processes are delineated in conjunction with implications for the treatment of behavior disorders in clinical populations. We conclude that further understanding of punishment processes is needed to develop a highly systematic, effective technology of behavior change, including strategies for improving the efficacy of less intrusive procedures and for successfully fading treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Cognition*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Punishment*
  • Reinforcement Schedule