Treatment of Fear of Flying: Behavioral, Subjective, and Cardiovascular Effects

Fear of flying (FOF) among nonaviators is a common psychological problem. This study compared the physiological and cognitive responses of participants at critical epochs during a three-day FOF treatment program presented by Austrian Airlines. The treatment program included information on psychological factors and technical aspects of flying, a simulator flight, and a round-trip commercial flight. Twenty-four subjects were identified as either Moderate-Anxious or High-Anxious, and the two anxiety groups were compared to each other as well as a control group. Overall, heart rate and anxiety ratings in both treatment groups showed a remarkable drop, particularly in perceived physiological symptoms, indicating the effectiveness of the treatment program on coping with the fear of flying.


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  • Accession Number: 01525303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2014 2:52PM