Does the judicious use of safety behaviors improve the efficacy and acceptability of exposure therapy for claustrophobic fear?

@article{Deacon2010DoesTJ,
  title={Does the judicious use of safety behaviors improve the efficacy and acceptability of exposure therapy for claustrophobic fear?},
  author={Brett J. Deacon and Jennifer T. Sy and James J. Lickel and Elizabeth A Nelson},
  journal={Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry},
  year={2010},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={71-80}
}
Exposure therapy is traditionally conducted with an emphasis on the elimination of safety behaviors. However, theorists have recently suggested that the judicious use of safety behaviors may improve the tolerability of this treatment without reducing its efficacy. The present study tested this notion by randomly assigning participants with high claustrophobic fear to receive a single-session intervention with or without access to safety aids during early exposure trials. Improvement was… CONTINUE READING
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