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Danger Expectancies, Self-efficacy and Subjective Anxiety as Mediators of Avoidance Behaviour in Spider Phobia

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Gilroy, L and Menzies, RG and Montgomery, IM, Danger Expectancies, Self-efficacy and Subjective Anxiety as Mediators of Avoidance Behaviour in Spider Phobia, Behaviour Change, 19, (3) pp. 129-137. ISSN 0813-4839 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1375/bech.19.3.129

Abstract

Forty-five participants diagnosed with specific phobia (spiders) gave ratings of subjective anxiety, self-efficacy and the probability of being bitten or injured by a spider while completing a behavioural avoidance test involving exposure to a live spider. Testing was performed before and after treatment and at a 3-month follow-up. Results indicated that subjective anxiety was a more useful predictor of avoidance behaviour than self-efficacy. Danger expectancies in relation to being bitten and/or injured by a spider were not found to be a significant cognitive symptom in the majority of spider phobia sufferers during the behavioural avoidance test with a live spider. Methodological factors that may account for the low reporting of danger-related cognitions in the present study are discussed.

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:Montgomery, IM (Dr Iain Montgomery)
ID Code:26737
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-23
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