ERIC Number: ED229695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Self-Control Desensitization and Test Anxiety.
This article reviews self-control desensitization research with test anxious college students. The first section presents a discussion of the development of self-control desensitization (SCD) as a modification of systematic desensitization (SD), and procedures which differentiate SCD from SD including treatment rationale, the nature of anxiety hierarchies, actual desensitization procedures and the use of relaxation for coping in vivo. The second section is a review of research outcomes in the areas of self-reported test anxiety, effects of SCD on grades, analogue test performance, and trait anxiety. The third section offers a brief comparative summary of research outcomes, noting that overall, SCD seems effective in reducing self-reported test anxiety and trait anxiety. The fourth section is an examination of methodological issues including subject recruitment, procedural modifications, and integrity of treatment (i.e., the degree to which treatment is carried out as intended). The final section offers suggestions for future SCD research strategies; e.g., parametric, constructive, or client and therapist variation. (WAS)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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