Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Chris Koronakos
Dr. Bradley Huitema
Dr. Malcom Robertson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study tested the following hypotheses: (a) Cognitive-Behavior Therapy would be more effective than either Relaxation Therapy in reducing speech A-state anxiety or Cognitive Restructuring in reducing speech A-trait anxiety; (b) Relaxation Therapy would be more effective than Cognitive Restructuring in reducing speech A-state anxiety; and (c) Cognitive Restructuring would be more effective than Relaxation Therapy in reducing speech A-trait anxiety.
Fifteen volunteers from a speakers organization were screened and randomly assigned to one of three treatments. The Speech Anxiety Inventory was administered before and after treatments to assess subjects' levels of speech A-state and A-trait anxiety.
Results indicated that Cognitive-Behavior Therapy was significantly more effective than Cognitive Restructuring on speech A-trait anxiety measures, and that Relaxation Therapy was significantly more effective than Cognitive Restructuring on speech A-state anxiety measures.
Evidence suggested that all three treatments are effective interventions in the reduction of speech A-state and A-trait anxiety.
Sefchick, Bernard C., "A Comparison of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Relaxation Therapy and Cognitive Restructuring on State and Trait Anxiety in Speech Anxious Adults" (1987). Masters Theses. 1287.