ERIC Number: ED117581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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The Use of Three Variations of Anxiety Management Training in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety.
Edie, Cecil A.
Anxiety management training (AMT), developed by Suinn and Richardson, is a short-term treatment procedure for alleviating a variety of manifestations of anxiety. It is based on the theory that anxiety or fear responses themselves can become discriminative stimuli and that clients can be conditioned to respond to those stimuli with antagonistic responses of relaxation and feelings of competence which remove the anxiety through reciprocal inhibition. This study investigated the efficacy of three variations of AMT--physiological cues only, physiological cues plus scenes, and scenes only. Subjects were college students who were seeking help for "free-floating" anxiety problems. Questionnaire data were obtained on the Manifest Anxiety Scale (MAS) and the Anxiety Symptom Check List (ASCL). Post-treatment interview data were also obtained. Data were analyzed by separate analysis of variance designs. In addition to comparing AMT groups to each other, data from a waiting list control group and a no-problem, no-treatment control group were obtained and compared to the treatment group data. The results indicated that all three variations of AMT were effective in alleviating "free-floating" anxiety. (Author)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Behavior Theories, Desensitization, Neurosis, Rating Scales, Research Projects, Therapy, Training
Cecil A. Edie, Ph.D., 5857 Union Street, Arvada, Colorado 80004
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Manifest Anxiety Scale