Blocking Avoidance and Escape Responses: Relations With Clinically Relevant Behaviors

  • Juliana Maria Bubna Popovitz Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Jocelaine Martins da Silveira Universidade Federal do Paraná
Keywords: therapeutic accompaniment, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapeutic intervention


The current study aims to evaluate the possible effects of interrupting problematic clinically relevant behaviors on the percentage of these responses and of clinical improvement-related responses. Two clients were treated with Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), alternating two conditions (ABAB). On condition A, procedures to the therapist consisted of responding to the clinical improvement responses, and to description of outside of therapeutic setting behaviors, but therapists were advised to ignore problem behaviors emitted in session. During condition B, therapists followed the same procedures, but they were oriented to block (interrupt) problematic responses emitted in session. Results suggest increase in the percentage of problem behaviors during condition B. Results are discussed, highlighting the viability of planning the contingent response the therapist emits to clinically relevant behaviors.


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Popovitz, J., & Silveira, J. (2017). Blocking Avoidance and Escape Responses: Relations With Clinically Relevant Behaviors. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 27(67), 20-27.