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ERIC Number: ED157121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Recent Research on the Treatment of Speech Anxiety.
Page, Bill
Apprehension on the part of students who must engage in public speaking figures high on the list of student fears. Speech anxiety has been viewed as a trait--the overall propensity to fear giving speeches--and as a state--the condition of fearfulness on a particular occasion of speech making. Methodology in therapy research should abide by the following standards: use an appropriate, no-treatment control group; use subjects with greater than average anxiety; use a matching procedure to insure that subjects in pretest groups have comparable scores on at least one reliable measure; and corroborate findings with data from another form of measurement. Recent research has focused on such topics as the following: systematic desensitization; rational emotive therapy, fixed role therapy, and cognitive modification; implosion; flooding; successive approximations; counseling and insight ordeal therapy; relaxation training; voluntary heart rate control; misattribution therapy; comparative and combinational effects; and delayed posttest results. A more rigorous concern with methodology as developed in behavioral science research will lead to greater accuracy in future studies. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 25-29, 1978)