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ERIC Number: ED393144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-18
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Communication Apprehension Intervention: A Report of a Spring 1995 Pilot Study Program Utilizing Self-Esteem Measures and Cognitive Restructuring as Intervention Strategies for High CA Students in the Basic Course.
Fassl, Jeanine; O'Beirne, Brenda
A study examined intervention activities for students identified as having high communication anxiety (CA). The study utilized 2 group interventions. Of 61 students in an introductory speech class invited to participate, the 8 who accepted were divided into 2 groups of 4. The groups met for 5 weeks. Group 1, facilitated by a female counseling psychologist, focused on group members' self-esteem issues and their relationship to communication apprehension, with the hypothesis that with a more positive sense of self, there would be less anxiety related to public speaking. Results for this group indicated that subjects had learned to deal with anxiety by thinking differently about themselves. A cognitive restructuring approach was used in group 2, facilitated by a male counselor-in-training, with a therapeutic approach to working with anxiety. The hypothesis was that students who learned to identify and change their self-talk, which was destructive and interfering, would be less anxious in public speaking situations. Findings for this group suggest that subjects became aware of their approaches to situations and had learned to identify and change self-talk messages. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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