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ERIC Number: EJ1049611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Exposure Therapy for Fear of Spiders in an Adult with Learning Disabilities: A Case Report
Cowdrey, Felicity A.; Walz, Linda
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v43 n1 p75-82 Mar 2015
The evidence-base for exposure therapy in people with learning disabilities experiencing specific phobias is sparse. This case study describes the assessment, formulation and treatment of spider phobia in a woman with learning disabilities using an exposure-based intervention augmented with mindfulness practice and bereavement work. To evaluate the intervention, a self-report measure of spider phobia was employed and completed during a baseline (A) and intervention (B) phase. Results demonstrate a reduction in self-reported fear after 11 sessions. This case study illustrates how in some cases modified self-report measures can be used to evaluate psychological treatments in people with learning disabilities and also highlights the importance of being formulation-led and creative when designing exposure-based interventions for specific phobias.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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