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Behavioural Treatment of Injection, Dental and Medical Phobias in Adolescents: A Case Study

  • Matthew R. Sanders (a1) and Lyndall Jones (a1)

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This case study describes the use of a multi component behavioural programme in the treatment of a 13-year-old girl with multiple phobias of injections, dental and medical procedures who faced major surgery within 6 months. The treatment involved coping skills training, systematic desensitization, in vivo desensitization with participant modelling and homework assignments. Measures of anxiety via SUDS ratings, behavioural approach tests and self-report measures demonstrated the effectiveness of the treatment program and the subsequent maintenance of treatment effects at 8 months follow-up.

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Behavioural Treatment of Injection, Dental and Medical Phobias in Adolescents: A Case Study

  • Matthew R. Sanders (a1) and Lyndall Jones (a1)
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