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ERIC Number: ED264247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 36
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The Adjective Generation Technique (AGT) and the Trait-Anxiety, State-Anxiety Distinction.
Allen, Bem P.
Research involving Potkay and Allen's Adjective Generation Technique (AGT) is reviewed concerning the measurement of anxiety. In this paper, no distinction is made between state anxiety and trait anxiety. It is suggested that state and trait anxiety may be considered apart from behavioral consistency. The issue of dramaturgical quality is discussed: if a person performs a persuasive task well, he or she is thought of as persuasive, whether or not the person's behavior is consistently persuasive. It is suggested that special instructions be given to the examinee in order to measure anxiety. Instead of the usual instructions to "record five adjectives to describe yourself," one might say, "record five adjectives to indicate how you feel." This paper consists primarily of the following sections: (1) the author's work involving the concept of anxiety; (2) methods of scoring anxiety with the AGT, and their reliability and validity; (3) strengths and weaknesses of AGT; and (4) research and application using AGT measures of anxiety. This research includes the effect of listening to music, sex differences, relaxation training, and individuals' therapy. A five-page list of references concludes the paper. (GDC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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