Treatment of specific phobia in older adults

Pachana, Nancy A., Woodward, Rana. M. and Byrne, Gerard J.A. (2007) Treatment of specific phobia in older adults. Clinical Intervention in Aging, 2 3: 469-476.

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Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Woodward, Rana. M.
Byrne, Gerard J.A.
Title Treatment of specific phobia in older adults
Journal name Clinical Intervention in Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1176-9092
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 469
End page 476
Total pages 8
Editor R. Walker
Place of publication New Zealand
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Phobias are common in later life, yet treatment research in this population remains scant. The efficacy of exposure therapy, in combination with other Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) components, in the treatment of specific phobia with a middle and older aged sample was examined. Sixteen adults aged 45–68 with DSM-IV diagnosis of a specific phobia received a manualized intervention over ten weeks, and were compared with a control group. Results indicated significant time effects in the treatment group for the primary outcome variables of phobic severity and avoidance as well as secondary outcome variables including depression and anxiety. Symptom presence and severity also significantly declined in the treatment group. No significant changes in state anxiety were noted across the treatment period. Such results provide support for the efficacy of exposure combined with CBT treatment for specific phobia in middle to older aged adults.
Keyword Anxiety
Older adults
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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