Behavioral treatment of trichotillomania: A case study

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Kurt D. Michael Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Once considered a rare clinical condition, trichotillomania is now recognized as a psychological disorder that is more prevalent than previously thought. The behavioral treatment of a 21-year old college woman with a longstanding history of chronic hair pulling is described in this case study. The extent of the trichotillomania was measured during an 11-day baseline period (self-monitoring, photographs) followed by 4 months of behavioral treatment including prominent components of habit-reversal training. The results of the intervention were suggestive of a substantial reduction in hair pulling incidents, hair re-growth in the affected parts of her scalp, and self-reported improvements in mood, anxiety, and self-esteem. Limitations of these data are reviewed and recommendations for clinicians who intend on treating trichotillomania are provided.

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Michael, K. D. (2004). Behavioral treatment of trichotillomania: A case study. Clinical Case Studies, 3:2, pp. 171-182. (ISSN: 1534-6501) April 2004 Version of record available from SAGE Publications at DOI: 10.1177/1534650103259642
Language: English
Date: 2004
trichotillomania, hair pulling, behavioral treatment

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