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TitleSingle-trial treatment of anxiety as a function of the interaction between relaxation procedures and personal response modes
AuthorBoulos, Donna Marie
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1986. Psychology
Paginationvii, 83 leaves : ill.
SubjectAnxiety; Relaxation
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Psychology
NotesBibliography: leaves 58-62.
AbstractThis study examines the importance of matching individual response modes and treatment modes in relieving anxiety. Fifty-five university students high on trait anxiety were categorized as expressing anxiety primarily through somatic symptoms, cognitive concerns, or in a mixed fashion. Half the subjects in each group were given single-session training in modified progressive muscle relaxation, and the other half received single-session training in guided imagery. Pre-post session state anxiety and pulse-rate measures were taken for all subjects. Other post-session measures included subjects' ratings of their level of absorption during the session and their perceived expectations of treatment effectiveness. The results did not indicate a significant difference between matched and unmatched groups, although all groups became significantly less anxious as a result of training. Because other studies have found matching of anxiety mode and treatment method to be important, it is conjectured that the absence of a matching effect in this study was the result of employing only a single session, or of the characteristics of the subject sample, or possibly of overlapping effects between relaxation methods. Further research directions to clarify these issues were discussed.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75370950
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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