Behavioral Treatment for Fear of Flying

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Abstract

The terrorist events of September 11, 2001, indirectly brought attention to the problem of fear of flying. Specific phobias, such as fear of flying, are generally treated by exposure therapy, a form of behavior therapy. The effectiveness of behavioral treatment is supported by data collected from physiological, behavioral, and self-report measures. The relationship of these three measures to outcome are discussed in a case example of a male subject successfully treated for fear of flying with behavioral therapy.

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