Virtual reality graded exposure in the treatment of acrophobia: A case report

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Larry F. Hodges, Rob Kooper, Dan Opdyke, James S. Williford, Max North

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Abstract

This is the first case report to test the efficacy of computer-generated virtual reality (VR) for the treatment of acrophobia (fear of heights). The subject was a 19-year-old undergraduate student with a fear of heights, particularly of elevators. Twice weekly, sessions were conducted for 3 weeks, for a total of 5 sessions. Outcome was assessed on measures of anxiety, avoidance, attitude, distress, and included a behavioral avoidance test. VR graded exposure was successful in reducing fears of heights. VR graded exposure is proposed as a new medium for exposure therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-554
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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