The role of relaxation in systematic desensitization: Revisiting an unresolved issue

Gerald T. O'Brien, T. D. Borkovec

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Abstract

Forty-three socially anxious females received systematic desensitization, noncontiguous relaxation, hierarchy exposure only, or no treatment. Analysis of pre-posttest fear in a laboratory social interaction task revealed virtually no treatment effects on self-report or behavioral measures. Analysis of continuously monitored heart rate, however, indicated reduced anticipatory activity among subjects receiving relaxation training and reduced reactive activity for desensitization subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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