Soneonce bring up participant modeling as a form of exposure therapy to treat specific phobias. When I was reading about this in the text, I felt that this could be a really wonderful form of treatment with a very severe case of specific phobia. Some people with a severe phobia might not be able to handle direct contact with their feared stimuli, so I can see how observing their therapist's interactions with the stimuli could be really helpful. I think it would make the environment even safer and the possibility of success in treatment even higher. That being said, I think it would be necessary for the client to eventually move into direct contact with their feared stimuli, but I can see how this approach would be great at the beginning of treatment.
This form of participant modeling can indeed have a stronger effect on phobias when using desensitization. This approach has been used very successfully with children. Do you suppose that they are more susceptible to modeling effects?
Children are definitely more susceptibble to modeling effects. Generally when teaching children they tend to learn certain behaviors best when these behaviors are modeled since children generally imitate whatever adults around them say or do. The key is to consitently model certain desired behaviors for ...
One form of participant modeling has generally been used successfully to help children overcome specific phobias. This solution explains why children tend to be more susceptible to modeling effects.