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Long-Term Follow-Up of Computer-Aided Vicarious Exposure Versus Live Graded Exposure in the Treatment of Spider Phobia

Citation

Gilroy, L and Kirkby, KC and Daniels, BA and Menzies, RG and Montgomery, IM, Long-Term Follow-Up of Computer-Aided Vicarious Exposure Versus Live Graded Exposure in the Treatment of Spider Phobia, Behaviour Therapy, 34, (1) pp. 65-76. ISSN 0005-7894 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0005-7894(03)80022-9

Abstract

This study investigated the long-term efficacy of three 45-minute sessions of live graded exposure, computer-aided vicarious exposure, or progressive muscle relaxation placebo for the treatment of spider phobia, and is a follow-up of the results previously reported by Gilroy, Kirkby, Daniels, Menzies, and Montgomery (2000). Forty-two out of 45 participants were assessed, using both subjective and behavioral assessments, at a mean of 33 months after completing treatment. The assessor was unaware of treatment group. Results showed significant improvement from pretreatment to 33-month follow-up across a range of measures in all treatment groups, although the group by time interaction was not statistically significant. Between 3-month and 33-month follow-up, no significant change was observed in any group, indicating sustained long-term improvement. The results support previous reports of the long-term efficacy of live graded exposure and indicate similar durable treatment outcome effects for computer-aided vicarious exposure.

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:Mental 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:26735
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-04-21
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