Conducted a study with 7 male and 14 female volunteer college students and staff members with a mean cigarette consumption of more than 2 packs daily. Ss were given Lanyon..s Psychological Screening Inventory and MMPI subscales to screen for psychiatric difficulty and dishonesty in self-report. Ss then received 10 hr. of group treatment of covert sensitization followed either by systematic desensitization to the discomfort associated with not smoking or by general group discussion. A refundable $20 deposit eliminated attrition. Both treatments resulted in greater than 50% decrease in smoking. At a 13-wk follow-up, both groups were tending toward their pretreatment smoking rate, although Ss given desensitization were still smoking significantly less than originally. A bimodal split in the effectiveness of treatment for this group suggests the need for further study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- aversion-desensitization procedures, smoking behavior decrease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health