Systematic desensitisation evaluation

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  • Created on: 18-05-18 14:29

Strength: supported by research evidence

  • Gilroy et al (2003) followed up 42 patients who had been treated for arachnophobia in 3 45-minute sessions
  • control group was treated by relaxation without exposure
  • At both 3 months and 33 months after the treatment, the SD group were less fearful than the relaxation group
  • This is a strength because it shows that SD is helpful in reducing anxiety in phobias and that the effects are long-lasting

Strength: it is well-suited to a lot of patients

  • The alternatives to SD - flooding and CBT

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