Reduction of generalized aversive responding in a post-treatment cancer patient: relaxation as an active coping skill

Author: Hamberger LK
Conference/Journal: Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry
Date published: 1982
Other: Volume ID: 13 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 229-33 , Word Count: 96

A male ostomy patient was successfully taught relaxation as an active coping skill to control generalized aversive gastric upset responses which had originally developed in the context of radiation therapy. Because the patient had completed his medical regimen, intervention focused on applied relaxation outside the medical center setting. Treatment involved minimal therapist contact. The results are discussed in terms of assessing aversive side effects which generalize beyond the course of medical treatment, and the contingent aspects of such treatments. The efficiency of relaxation programs, as well as the importance of active patient involvement, are also discussed.