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(p. 117) Which Accommodation Should You Reduce First? 

(p. 117) Which Accommodation Should You Reduce First?
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(p. 117) Which Accommodation Should You Reduce First?
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Eli R. Lebowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190883522.003.0008
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date: 25 January 2021

This chapter explains why it is important for parents beginning the process of reducing family accommodation of their child’s anxiety to choose a target accommodation on which to focus. One reason is that parents may find it impossible to stop accommodating all at once. There may be too many accommodations, and even if the parents could stop them all, doing so would likely make the process needlessly difficult for the child. Adjusting to change in the parents’ behavior is not easy for the child, and reducing one accommodation at a time will allow the child to adjust to the new behavior without being overwhelmed. Moreover, the child’s anxiety will improve more rapidly if the parents are able to be consistent in one area, even if they continue to accommodate in other ways, than if they behave inconsistently across a variety of situations. The chapter then provides some suggestions for picking a good target accommodation to reduce. It also discusses what accommodations are not good candidates for this focus.

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