Self-control of chronic fingernail biting

John J. Horan, Alan M. Hoffman, Marygrace Macri

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    Volunteer chronic fingernail biters participated in a behavioral self-control program that employed self-monitoring, self-punishment, and self-reward techniques. Gains in nail length and improved cosmetic appearance persisted through a follow-up evaluation. Although the comprehensive self-control program appears to be highly effective, the relative efficacy of individual treatment components was not clearly established.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)307-309
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - Dec 1974

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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