Assessment of Phobias
Measurements of phobic anxiety have included self-report, behavioral, and psychophysiological assessment. Self-report measures were designed to assess cognitive aspects of anxiety. A number of Fear Survey Schedules have been developed that provide the therapist with information about specific fears of the patient (see Lick & Katkin, 1976). The most frequently used procedure for assessing the behavioral component is the so called behavioral avoidance test. Snake phobics have to attempt picking up a snake, speech-anxious subjects have to give a speech before a small audience, etc. Psychophysiological recordings have been made when subjects were confronted with the feared objects either in imagination or in real life.
KeywordsSocial Anxiety Skin Conductance Level Phobic Anxiety Walk Away Mark Scale
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