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ERIC Number: ED050083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Pages: 76
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A Study of the Effects of Systematic Desensitization on the Communicative Anxiety of Individuals in Small Groups.
Wells, Judith
Communicative anxiety, its corresponding avoidance behavior, and the relationship of the two to communication performance in the small group are investigated. Various definitions of anxiety are discussed. Objectives of the study are to increase knowledge in the area of anxiety reduction, avoidance behavior and communication performance by (1) widening the use of Systematic Desensitization (S.D.) to include all levels of anxiety, (2) broadening the technique by utilizing S.D. in the classroom, (3) increasing knowledge of the behavioral effects of S.D. by measuring the amount of interaction that takes place in a small group discussion after S.D. has been employed. Two control and two S.D. groups of college students were tested. Pre and Posttest analyses of variance of their anxiety level were performed. Results indicate that no significant interaction effect could be found between anxiety level and treatments for low and middle level anxiety subjects, but that it could be found for high level ones. (CK)
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Note: M.A. Thesis, San Jose State College