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One- vs. five-session treatment of dental phobia: A randomized controlled study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2008 (English)In: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, ISSN 0005-7916, Vol. 39, no 3, 381-390 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Forty participants fulfilling the DSM-IV criteria for dental phobia were randomly assigned to a waitlist group, one-session or five-session exposure treatment. Assessment occurred pre-, post-waitlist/treatment, and after 1 year. Mean avoidance of dental care before treatment was 11.4 years. A total of 77% sought dental care in the follow-up year. Both treatments were equally effective at reducing avoidance behavior and changing cognitions during the feared situation. Post-treatment, the five-session group scored lower on the dental anxiety scales, but at follow-up, both groups reported the same level of dental anxiety. Conclusion: Both treatment conditions enable a return to ordinary dental treatment.

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2008. Vol. 39, no 3, 381-390 p.
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one-session treatment, exposure in vivo, dental phobia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17336DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2007.09.006ISI: 000257152300015OAI: diva2:183857
Available from: 2009-01-13 Created: 2009-01-13 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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