Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 25–32 | Cite as

Vicarious extinction of phobic behavior in early childhood

  • W. C. WhiteJr.
  • Mary T. Davis


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.


Early Childhood Dental Treatment Professional Staff Treatment Situation Superior Mode 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. WhiteJr.
    • 1
  • Mary T. Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of University Health ServicesCornell UniversityIthaca
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityUSA

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