Using Humor in Systematic Desensitization to Reduce Fear

@article{Ventis2001UsingHI,
  title={Using Humor in Systematic Desensitization to Reduce Fear},
  author={W. Larry Ventis and Gary A. Higbee and Shelley Murdock},
  journal={The Journal of General Psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={128},
  pages={241 - 253}
}
Abstract Effectiveness of systematic desensitization for fear reduction, using humorous hierarchy scenes without relaxation, was tested. Participants were 40 students highly fearful of spiders. Using a 24-item behavioral approach test with an American tarantula, participants were matched on fear level and randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: (a) systematic desensitization, (b) humor desensitization, and (c) untreated controls. Each participant was seen for 6 sessions, including pretest… 

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