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J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1987 Jun;18(2):179-83.

Contingency management of food misbehavior in a psychiatric patient with diabetes.


A contingency management procedure was instituted with a hospitalized 52-year-old male psychiatric patient to alter behavior associated with an exacerbated diabetic condition. A ten-day baseline indicated consistently elevated urine sugar levels and that the patient frequently violated his prescribed low sugar diet by stealing, trading and hoarding high sugar foods. Beginning in baseline, the patient was instructed to measure his urine sugar levels and post the results on a chart next to his bed. During two of the intervention procedures used in the additive design, the patient could earn coupon booklets from the hospital commissary if his daily average urine sugar levels were less than a set criterion. Two such criteria were employed before the reinforcement contingencies were faded. By the end of the intervention, urine sugar levels were under control and follow-up measures six months post-treatment indicated durable treatment effects.

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