Relaxation training and single-item desensitization in the group treatment of insomnia

Thomas D. Borkovec, Shan W. Steinmark, Sidney D. Nau

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Twenty-four sleep-disturbed subjects were assigned to one of three group therapy conditions: relaxation-alone, desensitization with relaxation practice, and desensitization without relaxation practice. After three sessions, significant improvement occured in reported latency of sleep onset, rated difficulty in falling asleep, and number of awakenings during the night. While no differences between therapy conditions were found in the main analyses, there was case evidence suggesting a possible superiority of desensitization plus relaxation practice in the more severe cases of insomnia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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