Harm expectancy violation during exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder.

@article{Kleine2017HarmEV,
  title={Harm expectancy violation during exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder.},
  author={Rianne A. de Kleine and Lotte Hendriks and Eni S. Becker and Theo G. Broekman and M Verhagen},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  year={2017},
  volume={49},
  pages={48-52}
}
Exposure therapy has proven efficacy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Emotional processing theory proposes that fear habituation is a central mechanism in symptom reduction, but the empirical evidence supporting this is mixed. Recently it has been proposed that violation of harm expectancies is a crucial mechanism of action in exposure therapy. But to date, changes in harm expectancies have not been examined during exposure therapy in PTSD. The goal of the current study… CONTINUE READING