Brief, intensive behavioral treatment of food refusal secondary to emetophobia

Keith E. Williams, Douglas G. Field, Katherine Riegel, Candace Paul

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Emetophobia, a fear of vomiting, has been reported in both adults and children but is not well documented. This study describes the treatment of an 8-year-old girl who developed emetophobia and food refusal after an acute illness. The intervention consisted of an exposure-based treatment conducted over 7 days at a feeding program. The girl was discharged consuming all of her nutrition by mouth, and her gastrostomy tube feedings were eliminated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Case Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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