Behavioral Theories of Choice

Christopher J. Correia

in Mind-Altering Drugs

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195165319
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894055 | DOI:
Behavioral Theories of Choice

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This chapter provides an overview of empirical research and clinical theory that attempts to explain the relationship between drug use, drug-related reinforcement, and drug-free reinforcement. It reviews how theories on choice behavior have contributed to our understanding of drug use. The review includes a brief history of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of the behavioral choice perspective, a sample of laboratory and “real world” research studies that highlight the interplay between drug use and drug-free alternatives, and a discussion of some of the clinical implications of this research.

Keywords: drug use; drug enforcement; choice behavior

Chapter.  9110 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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