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Diaphragmatic Breathing during Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Aviophobia: Functional Coping Strategy or Avoidance Behavior?

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Mühlbauer, Andreas ; Shiban, Youssef ; Diemer, Julia Elisabeth ; Müller, Jana ; Brütting-Schick, Johanna ; Pauli, Paul
Date of publication of this fulltext: 21 Apr 2017 14:01


Background: Although there is solid evidence for the efficacy of in vivo and virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy for a specific phobia, there is a significant debate over whether techniques promoting distraction or relaxation have impairing or enhancing effects on treatment outcome. In the present pilot study, we investigated the effect of diaphragmatic breathing (DB) as a relaxation technique ...


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