Harry – the Behavioural Treatment of Self Abuse


How Harry was helped to overcome his self-abuse by behaviour modification.

SKU: 1316
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Year Produced: 1980
Running time: 38 minutes


Harry is a young man who has mild learning disabilities and has spent most of his life in institutions because of his chronic self-abuse. He hits, bites and throws himself on the floor. To counter his hitting himself Harry was given arm restraints and over time he became addicted to them so that he would not allow them to be removed. This film shows the intensive process of behaviour modification and a token economy programme to stop Harry’s self abuse, his addiction to his restraints and to re-socialise him so that he can participate in meaningful activities. An unforgettable documentary. USA.

This film was made in 1980, partly in black and white, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a historic record.

This film contains scenes that some viewers might find harrowing and disturbing.