The effectiveness of emotive imagery in the treatment of darkness phobia in children

Elizabeth Cornwall*, Susan H. Spence, David Schotte

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    Abstract

    This study examined the effectiveness of emotive imagery as a treatment for clinically significant darkness phobia in 7- to 10-year-old children. Twenty-four clinically diagnosed children were randomly assigned to either emotive imagery treatment or a waiting-list control condition. Emotive imagery was conducted over six sessions, one per week. The results demonstrated that the emotive imagery group showed significantly greater reductions in darkness fears and anxiety according to child and parent reports and a behavioural darkness probe task, in comparison to the waiting-list group. The waiting-list children showed minimal reductions in fearfulness over the 20-week waiting-list period. The improvements of the emotive imagery group were maintained at the 3-month follow-up.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-229
    Number of pages7
    JournalBehaviour Change
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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