Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment of Chronic Anxiety in an Older Adult

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APA Citation: 

Turner, J.S., & Leach, D.J. (2009). Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment of Chronic Anxiety in an Older Adult. Behaviour Change, 26(3), 214-222.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Empirical
Behavior Analysis: Empirical
Other Third-Wave Therapies: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

A 64-year-old male who met criteria for social and generalised anxiety was treated
using a brief behavioural activation (BA) approach. The intervention was delivered
in twelve weekly 60-minute individual sessions. The effects of the intervention
were assessed using a simple A-B-C phase change with repeated measurement
design. Change in reported anxiety was recorded across phases. Decreased scores
in self-reported anxiety measures were obtained and significant clinical improvement
was maintained during a 4-month no treatment maintenance phase. This
preliminary investigation suggests BA could be an efficient and effective treatment
for anxiety and that replications are warranted.

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