The use of virtual reality (VR) exposure for reducing contamination fear and disgust: Can VR be an effective alternative exposure technique to in vivo?


İNÖZÜ MERMERKAYA M., ÇELİKCAN U., AKIN B., Cicek N. M.

JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS, vol.25, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2020.100518
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, EMBASE, Psycinfo
  • Keywords: Virtual reality, Exposure therapies, Contamination anxiety, OCD, Disgust, OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, ANXIETY DISORDERS, SYMPTOMS, THERAPY, PROPENSITY, PREVENTION, SCALE, OCD

Abstract

Background and objectives: Virtual reality (VR) has become a new tool in psychological research and application. Although several studies have investigated its triggering and reducing role in anxiety via VR-based exposure and response prevention (VR-ERP) across different psychopathologies, its efficiency in contamination fear and reduction of disgust are yet to be examined. The study contributes to the field by investigating the effectiveness of the VR-ERP on the reduction of anxiety, disgust and urge to wash levels using an experimental design.