Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Habit reversal training (HRT) has been a mainstay of behavior analysts' repertoire for nearly the last 50 years. HRT has been effective in treating a host of repetitive behavior problems. In the face of the current coronavirus pandemic, HRT has practical public health importance as a possible intervention for reducing hand-to-head behaviors that increase the risk of viral infection. The current paper provides a brief review of HRT for hand-to-head habits that is designed for a broad audience and concludes with practical suggestions, based on HRT, for reducing face-touching behaviors.
Hienicke, Megan R.; Stiede, Jordan T.; Miltenberger, Raymond G.; and Woods, Douglas W., "Reducing Risky Behavior with Habit Reversal: A Review of Behavioral Strategies to Reduce Habitual Hand-To-Head Behavior" (2020). Psychology Faculty Research and Publications. 506.
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