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Adolescent stealing treated with motivational interviewing and imaginal desensitization – Case report
Adolescent stealing treated with motivational interviewing and imaginal desensitization – Case report

Author(s): Jon E. Grant, Brian L. Odlaug, Christopher B. Donahue
Subject(s): Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Clinical psychology, Behaviorism, Criminology, Substance abuse and addiction, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: adolescence; case study; deviance; drug addiction; peer groups; antisocial; stealing; maladaptive; therapy;

Summary/Abstract: Adolescent shoplifting occurs in an estimated 15% of the United States population. Although adolescent stealing is associated with significant psychosocial consequences there is limited research concerning efficacious treatments. Case study: A 17-year-old male with a history of compulsive stealing was treated using a six-session, individualized cognitive-behavioral therapy protocol which included motivational interviewing, psycho-education, behavioral modification, and an exposure script using imaginal desensitization. After the six-session therapy, the patient continued for eight further sessions of therapy to maintain treatment gains. His Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale scores dropped from a 22 pre-treatment to a 3 at the end of the 14 sessions of therapy and he remained abstinent from stealing. Discussion: This case reports on the successful use of an individualized, cognitive behavioral therapy on an adolescent with compulsive shoplifting and other antisocial behaviors. This treatment provides a promising step towards the treatment of a relatively common adolescent behavior.

  • Issue Year: 1/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 191-192
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: English