|Researchers can use the new Reiss instruments to develop motivational profiles of various diagnostic conditions.|
|Sensitivity theory has implications for longitudinal research in developmental psychopathology. The theory posits a host of new risk factors that may predict mental disorders in adulthood based on the presence of aberrant motivation in adolescents or children. Positive findings may facilitate early detection of certain mental disorders, which is an important step toward primary prevention.|
|Investigators should study the durability of treatment outcomes. To what extent does the level of aberrant motivation at the end of therapy predict the recurrence of aberrant behavior?|
|Sensitivity theory provides a basis for strengthening applied behavior analysis. The combined approach may lead to more effective clinical techniques for those populations for whom applied behavior analysis is still widely used, such as people with mental retardation. Furthermore, the integration of sensitivity theory and applied behavior analysis may provide a basis for re-building some bridges between this valuable approach and the larger field of clinical psychology.|
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