Testing the efficacy of combining emotional writing and in vivo exposure in the treatment of small animal phobias

dc.contributor.advisorTelch, Michael Joseph
dc.creatorHa, Seung-soo, 1973-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-23T20:22:43Z
dc.date.available2017-02-23T20:22:43Z
dc.date.issued2007-05
dc.description.abstractA number of studies involving in vivo exposure treatments have demonstrated their compelling efficacy in treating individuals with specific phobia (Kamphuis & Telch, 2000; Sloan & Telch, 2002; Rentz, Powers, Smits, Cougle, & Telch, 2003). Moreover, there have also been efforts to establish exposure-augmentation strategies such as providing additional threat-disconfirming information (e.g., Telch et al., 2000; heart-rate feedback) or encouraging counter-phobic behaviors during exposure (Wolitzky, Rellini, & Telch, in preparation). The present study sought to examine whether emotional writing added to a single session in vivo exposure treatment could yield a facilitative effect. A number of studies have demonstrated that individuals could experience a significant improvement in physical/psychological health when writing or talking about personally upsetting experiences. Individuals (N= 56) who met the DSM-IV criteria for specific phobia, small animal type (i.e., spiders and/or snakes) were randomly assigned to one of the following four treatment conditions: (a) Exposure Only (EO); (b) Emotional Writing Only (WO), (c) Exposure with Emotional Writing (E+W); or (d) Waitlist Control (WL). Results revealed that all active treatment groups outperformed the control group and the only one-time emotional writing intervention did not facilitate the previous in vivo exposure treatment for small animal phobia. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.en_US
dc.description.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2JD4PV05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/45773
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.rights.restrictionRestricteden_US
dc.subjectIn vivo exposureen_US
dc.subjectPhobiasen_US
dc.subjectEmotional writingen_US
dc.titleTesting the efficacy of combining emotional writing and in vivo exposure in the treatment of small animal phobiasen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US

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