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A single-subject evaluation of the treatment of morphing fear

Zysk, E., Shafran, R. and Williams, T. I. (2018) A single-subject evaluation of the treatment of morphing fear. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25 (1). pp. 168-181. ISSN 1077-7229

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.03.003


We present a single-subject prospective outcome study of a man with severe morphing fear with a long history of OCD who was not helped by previous interventions, and who received an adapted form of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) as part of this study. Treatment consisted of a cognitively-focused approach tailored to address his fear of morphing and included developing a stronger sense of self-stability. We describe the details of the case, the treatment protocol, and the therapeutic outcomes as assessed by questionnaires, rating scales, and semi-structured interviews over 36 weeks. The intervention was effective in eradicating the patient’s morphing fears and reducing other symptoms of OCD, anxiety and depression. The presented case illustrates the need to appropriately conceptualise, assess and address the specific nature of morphing fear symptoms in treatment.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:68954
Uncontrolled Keywords:morphing fear, transformation obsession, mental contamination, obsessive-compulsive disorder, treatment efficacy

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