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Operant Conditioning in a Vietnamese Mental Hospital
LLOYD H. COTTER
Am J Psychiatry 1967;124:23-28.
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Teaching Consultant for Professional Education, Psychiatric Residency Training Program, Pacific State Hospital, Pomona, Calif

1967-68, American Psychiatric Association

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Operant conditioning was applied in the special circumstances of a Vietnamese mental hospital with a largely untreated and idle patient population. Results demonstrated the remarkable effectiveness of this technique for motivating patients to resume productive activity. Interesting aspects of this treatment program, conducted under the difficulties of war-torn South Viet Nam, are described.

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