ERIC Number: ED206026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Treatment of Speech Anxiety: A Sequential Dismantling of Speech Skills Training, Coping Skills Training, and Paradox.
Worthington, Everett L., Jr.; And Others
Thirty-two speech anxious college students participated in a study that examined whether four treatments that have been effective when applied separately would be equally effective when applied in combination. The treatments were (1) systemic desensitization (SD), (2) speech skills training (SST), (3) SST combined with coping skills training (CST) involving relaxation and self-instructional training, and (4) SST, CST, and paradoxical directives. Subjects were pretested and then assigned to one of the four treatment groups or to a control group. At the end of a six-week treatment period, all subjects were posttested. The results showed that treatments for speech anxiety that involved coping skills in combination with speech skills were more effective in reducing speech anxiety than were other treatments. Specifically, adding coping skills training to speech skills training resulted in reduced self-reported speech anxiety, reduced ratings of behavioral anxiety, and reduced reports of general communication anxiety. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Atlanta, GA, March 25-28, 1981).