Title

Contingency management, self-control, and education support in the treatment of childhood phobic disorders: A randomized clinical trial

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-1999

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study evaluated the relative efficacy of an exposure-based contingency management (CM) treatment condition and an exposure-based cognitive self-control (SC) treatment condition relative to an education support (ES) control condition for treating children with phobic disorders. Eighty-one children and their parents completed a 10-week treatment program in which children and parents were seen in separate treatment sessions with the therapist, followed by a brief conjoint meeting. Children in both the CM and SC conditions showed substantial improvement on all of the outcome measures. These gains were maintained at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. Interestingly, children in the ES condition also showed comparable improvements at posttreatment and at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. Implications of the findings are discussed with respect to knowledge development and clinical practice.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Volume

67

Issue

5

First Page

675

Last Page

687