Treatment of a retarded adult's mannequin phobia through in vivo desensitization and shaping approach responses

H. Richard Waranch, Brian A. Iwata, Marianne K. Wohl, F. Don Nidiffer

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Abstract

The treatment of a 21-yr-old retarded male who exhibited a longstanding fear of mannequins is described. A program that shaped approach responses to mannequins of increasing size resulted in 100% approach responses to three different size mannequins during therapy sessions. One training session in a naturalistic setting (shopping mall) resulted in generalization that was maintained 6 months after treatment. A follow-up probe session conducted in the clinic 6 months following treatment showed that approach responses to the three mannequins used in training remained at 100%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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