C. de Ruiter
- A follow-up study on short-term treatment of agoraphobia
- Behaviour Research and Therapy
- Volume | Issue number
- 30 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
The differential effectiveness of three treatment packages for agoraphobia was tested. Patients received one of three short-term treatments: Breathing Retraining and Cognitive Restructuring, graded Self-Exposure in vivo, or a combination of both. No differential effects were found between the treatment conditions at posttest and at an 18 months follow-up. Improvement at follow-up assessment was associated with whether patients had further treatment during the follow-up period. No relationship was found between further improvment and demographic variables, pre- and posttest scores on psychological questionnaires or the use of medication at follow-up. Implications of these findings are examined.
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