Year: 1972 Source: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, v.80, no.3, (1972), p.211-224 SIEC No: 19850746

Self-destructive behavior is discussed in terms of frequency of occurrence, type of behavior, susceptible persons, causation & possible treatment methods. Behavioral therapies involving positive reinforcement of alternative behaviors, withdrawal of positive reinforcement, extinction & punishment, are reviewed & evaluated. A discriminative stimulus-conditioned reinforcer hypothesis & an avoidance hypothesis are proposed to explain self-destructive behavior in terms of learning principles.