systematic desensitisation


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systematic desensitisation

Psychology
A type of behavioural intervention for managing phobic disorders, in which the therapist has a client focus on his or her worst fear or aversion, while encouraging him or her to relax. The repeated cycling of tension and relaxation is meant to desensitise the client to the stressful stimulus, and can also be used for anticipatory side effects (e.g., nausea associated with chemotherapy). A common format of systematic desensitisation consists of muscle relaxation coupled with visualising each of a hierarchy of anxiety-provoking stimuli, ranging from the least to most unpleasant.
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The focus of this study was therefore two-fold: Firstly, it determined the effect of Systematic Desensitisation (SD) on the reduction of test anxiety of identified adolescents in Nigerian secondary schools that were experiencing test anxiety.
The independent variable of primary interest is the Systematic Desensitisation (SD).
Treatment involves something called systematic desensitisation which begins with something simple like looking at a picture of a wasp with a therapist and working, over a few sessions, toward you being able to be close to a real wasp without being scared.

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