Vicarious extinction of phobic behavior in early childhood
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Fifteen children who had previously demonstrated phobic behavior under dental treatment were randomly assigned to one of three experimental conditions. Each condition involved six sessions which were conducted over a three week interval. Results supported the efficacy of modeling as a means of ameliorating phobic behavior in the dental treatment situation. Although viewing the operatory and professional staff alone appeared therapeutic, modeling was considered a superior mode of treatment.
KeywordsEarly Childhood Dental Treatment Professional Staff Treatment Situation Superior Mode
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