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Psychological Perspectives on Fear of Flying

by Lucas van Gerwen

Psychological Perspectives on Fear of Flying Synopsis

This is the first authoritative work to examine the psychological determinants and effects associated with the 'fear of flying'. The contents include: A* the extent and nature of the problem of fear of flying; A* understanding public perceptions of safety associated with flying; A* assessment of clients; psychological treatment approaches; A* the use of specific interventions (e.g. virtual reality) and clinical case studies. It is an up-to-date and wide-ranging handbook, covering theory, research and practice. The international panel of authors are all experienced researchers and clinicians, and are leaders in their respective fields. The book is intended for those who work professionally in commercial and military aviation. This includes aviation psychologists, aerospace medical/nursing personnel, flying instructors, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists and those involved in fear of flying programs. A secondary audience includes researchers, professionals with an interest in anxiety/phobia, travel health clinic nurses and counsellors/therapists. Those who have a fear of flying themselves will also find the contents of interest.

Psychological Perspectives on Fear of Flying Press Reviews

'With the increasing accessibility of worldwide destinations, both near and far, the psychological effects of air travel have become increasingly more recognised. This welcome book focuses on one of the most important aspects, fear of flying, and provides a comprehensive description of the topic as well as management of this phobia. As such, this book will become a must have on the shelf for health care professionals involved in the discipline of travel medicine.' Dr Jane N Zuckerman, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK 'Whereas fear of flying represented the norm a hundred years ago when few dared to fly, now the public is generally at ease while flying. Fear of flying today represents not only a social and professional handicap, but possibly a mental or emotional symptom as well. This book summarizes a base of sound, peer-reviewed literature, seasoned by presentation at a series of international conferences. The authors-aviation-oriented mental health professionals, some of whom are pilots-have produced a scholarly, well-edited and readable review of the differential diagnosis and treatment of this disabling condition. The papers review modern psychological approaches, including psychological assessment instruments, cognitive-behavioral and rational-emotive therapies and virtual reality modalities, and provide practical information for gate officials and aircrew who must deal with fearful fliers before and during flight. Any therapist from the medical, aeromedical or mental health disciplines who must deal with fearful fliers as clients, patients or even as family members, will benefit from reading and applying the information this book provides.' David R. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Consultant in Aerospace Psychiatry, Montgomery, AL , USA 'An authoritative and comprehensive work...' Airways 'The text is a masterful work of scientific research on fear of flying, well packaged, and thoughtfully presented. Buy one for your library or use it as a course text. You will not be sorry.' International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies '...easily readable...very well referenced...This excellent read should not be confined to specialists in aviation medicine as it broadens the knowledge of an important issue in today's aviation lanscape and beyond.' Aerospace Professional '... the content of Fear of Flying is wide and diverse. ... '... Bor and van Gerwen delvier an excellent summary of treatment methods, the need for scientific rigor, and the diversity of the field.' The International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 14 (4)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780754609032
Publication date: 27th May 2003
Author: Lucas van Gerwen
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Psychotherapy, Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology, Educational psychology,

About Lucas van Gerwen

Robert Bor DPhil CPsychol AFBPsS UKCP Reg FRAeS is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London and Visiting Professor of Psychology at London Metropolitan and City Universities, London. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist and is also a Registered Psychotherapist. He teaches on the MSc in Air Transport Management at City University, London. He provides a 'Fear of Flying' therapy service at the Royal Free Travel Health Clinic. He also acts as a consultant in aviation psychology to a number of airlines and is extensively involved in pilot mental health services. He has published ...

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