Active and passive participation in the contact desensitization of snake fear in children

Cynthia M. Murphy, Bootzin Richard R.

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Abstract

The roles of active and passive subject participation during the contact desensitization of fear of snakes in children were evaluated. The results were: (1) both of the desensitization procedures were highly effective and efficient methods for eliminating fear of snakes as compared to a no treatment control group, (2) stimuli associated with passive subject participation were more fear eliciting than those associated with active participation, and (3) the subject's initial level of fear did not affect the effectiveness of treatment but did affect the magnitude of the repeated testing effect for control subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1973

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  • Clinical Psychology

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