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ERIC Number: ED081810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 20
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Social Anxiety and Dating Inhibitions: Assessment and Treatment.
Arkowitz, Hal
Recent research on the behavioral assessment and treatment of social anxiety and inhibition is reviewed. Subjects for the studies were college men and women selected on the basis of heterosexual anxiety and inhibition. The first part of the paper is concerned with assessment. The behavioral assessment procedures developed include: (1) direct sampling of heterosexual interaction behaviors; (2) self-monitoring of naturalistic heterosexual interactions; (3) peer-ratings; and (4) self-report measures of anxiety and skill. Data on the reliability and validity of these measures are reported. A discussion of behavioral and cognitive components of heterosexual anxiety is given. The treatment programs developed are based on the idea of behavioral practice in the natural environment. The basic program involves "practice dating" in which male and female subjects are matched for a series of practice dates with different partners and involves no therapist contact. The results from two studies involving variations of this basic procedure are presented, which suggest that this simple and economical treatment program is quite effective. The paper concludes with a general discussion of behavioral treatment strategies for interpersonal anxieties and inhibitions. (Author/DB)
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Note: Paper presented at meeting of American Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, August 1973)