College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Tripartite Assessment of The Effects of Systematic Desensitization In a Multiphobic Child: An Experimental Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1979

Keywords

Medicine, Neurosciences, Biological psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry

Publication Title

Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

ISSN

0005-7916

Volume

10

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Abstract

A multiple baseline design was used to evaluate the effects of relaxation training and systematic desensitization in an 11-yr-old, multi-phobic child. Responses on motoric, cognitive, and physiological channels were assessed. While change was minimal during relaxation, substantial improvement was shown in motoric and cognitive systems with sequential introduction of desensitization. Changes on physiological measures were less substantial. All gains were maintained over 1, 4 and 6-month follow-up periods.

Requests for reprints should be addressed to Michel Hersen, Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.

Copyright © 1979 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7916(79)90037-5