Date of Award

12-1990

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Fuqua

Second Advisor

Dr. Robertson

Third Advisor

Dr. Koronakos

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Rational-Emotive Problem Solving workbook (REPS), developed by the researcher, which employs programmed learning principles to teach Rational-Emotive problem-solving techniques.

Fifteen undergraduate psychology students participated. Subjects were provided with the 69-page booklet. The subjects were guided through the Education, Self-Test, and Application components of the workbook.

Two hypotheses were tested. It was predicted that subjects would demonstrate mastery by achieving a score of 80% or better on the Self-Test section. It was further predicted that subjects would demonstrate generalization of the Rational-Emotive principles to a personal problem, achieving a score of 80 or higher on the Application section. Both hypotheses were confirmed within the recognition of certain design limitations.

The study adds to the existing body of research on programmed technology and adds to the promise that such self-help instruments can be effectively incorporated as an adjunct to ongoing therapeutic programs.

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