The effects of graded exposure and parental modeling on the dental phobias of a four-year-old girl and her mother

Robert C. Klesges, James M. Malott, Marvin Ugland

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Abstract

The current paper describes a unique case of a very young (4-year-old) dental phobic girl whose mother was also dental avoidant. Treatment of the girl involved a combination of graded exposure and utilizing the mother as a coping model. The results suggest that treatment was highly successful at least to a 6-month follow-up. Despite minimal direct intervention, results also indicated significantly reduced levels of dental fear in the dental-avoidant mother as well. Recommendations for intervention which involve parent modeling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

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

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The effects of graded exposure and parental modeling on the dental phobias of a four-year-old girl and her mother. / Klesges, Robert C.; Malott, James M.; Ugland, Marvin.

In: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Vol. 15, No. 2, 01.01.1984, p. 161-164.

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