Behavioral interventions for oral-digital habits

Vincent J. Adesso, Melissa M. Norberg

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Abstract

Nervous habits such as hair twirling, digit, lip, mouth, or tongue biting, bruxism, scratching, and object manipulation (Hansen, Tishelman, Hawkins, & Doepke, 1990; Woods & Miltenberger, 1995) have been defined as repetitive behaviors that serve no perceivable social function but may serve a tension reduction (e.g.. Woods & Miltenberger, 1995) or self-stimulatory function (Hansen et al., 1990). Oral-digit habits are likely the most prevalent of these behaviors, particularly among children. This chapter will focus on the behavioral treatment of the two primary oral-digital habits, nail biting and thumb sucking. For each, the review will start with a brief characterization of the problem, followed by a summary of methods for operationalizing the target behavior, and will proceed to a summary of the intervention research. The chapter will conclude with an overview of the current status of behavioral interventions for oral-digital habits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment
EditorsDouglas W. Woods, Raymond G. Miltenberger
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages223-240
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780387459448
ISBN (Print)0387325662, 9780387325668
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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    Adesso, V. J., & Norberg, M. M. (2006). Behavioral interventions for oral-digital habits. In D. W. Woods, & R. G. Miltenberger (Eds.), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment (pp. 223-240). Boston: Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-45944-8_11