Title

Employing paradoxical intention in the treatment of agoraphobia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1981

Abstract

The present study assessed the efficacy of paradoxical intention in ameliorating the travel restriction of agoraphobics. A combined score indicating proximity to two difficult target locations represented the dependent variable. A multiple baseline across subjects was used with each of two groups of five clients. This was accomplished by sequentially staggering introduction of treatment. At the conclusion of baseline phase. Group A received 6 weeks of gradual exposure followed by paradoxical intention to criterion. Group B received paradoxical intention to criterion immediately after baseline. Results indicated that paradoxical intention produced greater movement toward targets for clients in Group B when compared both with their baseline and with the performance of Group A following an equal period of gradual exposure.

Publication Title

Behaviour research and therapy

Volume

19

Issue

6

First Page

533

Last Page

542

Comments

This article was published in Behaviour research and therapy, Volume 19, Issue 6, Pages 533-542.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0005-7967(81)90080-2.

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