ERIC Number: EJ814724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
Efficacy and Utility of Computer-Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Przeworski, Amy; Newman, Michelle G.
Clinical Psychologist, v10 n2 p43-53 Jul 2006
Despite the efficacy of cognitive behavioural treatment for anxiety disorders, more than 70% of individuals with anxiety disorders go untreated every year. This is partially due to obstacles to treatment including limited access to mental health services for rural residents, the expense of treatment and the inconvenience of attending weekly therapy sessions. Computer-assisted therapy may be a means of providing cost-effective psychological services to individuals experiencing barriers to treatment. To date, computers have been applied to therapy for anxiety disorder using various formats including Internet treatment, virtual reality treatment, videoconferencing and more standard computer-assisted or computer-guided packages that are implemented on palmtop computers or desktop computers. The current paper reviews trials evaluating the efficacy of these technology-based treatments for anxiety disorders and discusses implications for future research.
Descriptors: Psychological Services, Health Services, Emotional Disturbances, Mental Health Programs, Computers, Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Counseling Techniques, Computer Mediated Communication, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Barriers, Access to Health Care, Internet, Counseling Effectiveness, Handheld Devices, Fear, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Behavior Disorders
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