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Controlled Comparison of Computer-Aided Vicarious Exposure Versus Live Exposure in the Treatment of Spider Phobia

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Gilroy, L and Kirkby, KC and Daniels, BA and Menzies, RG and Montgomery, IM, Controlled Comparison of Computer-Aided Vicarious Exposure Versus Live Exposure in the Treatment of Spider Phobia, Behavior Therapy, 31, (4) pp. 733-734. ISSN 0005-7894 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0005-7894(00)80041-6

Abstract

Forty-five participants diagnosed as having specific phobia of spiders were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: (a) computer-aided vicarious exposure; (b) therapist-delivered live exposure; (c) relaxation placebo. Each group received three 45-minute sessions. Phobic symptom severity was measured at pretreatment, post-treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up assessment with the Spider Questionnaire, Fear Questionnaire, Phobic Targets and Work Adjustment Ratings Scale, and a Behavioral Assessment Test with Subjective Units of Distress Rating Scale. The results showed that the computer-aided vicarious exposure was an effective treatment for spider phobia and comparable to live exposure therapy in significantly reducing phobic symptoms. Both the computer and live exposure treatments were more effective than the relaxation placebo treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Gilroy, L (Ms Lisa Gilroy)
Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
Author:Daniels, BA (Dr Brett Daniels)
Author:Montgomery, IM (Dr Iain Montgomery)
ID Code:19798
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-07
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