Cognitive modification and systematic desensitization with test anxious high school students

Lois L. Leal, Edward G. Baxter, Jack Martin, Ronald W. Marx

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30 10th-grade, test anxious (Achievement Anxiety Test) students were randomly assigned in equal numbers to either a cognitive modification, systematic desensitization, or waiting-list control group. The Raven Standard Progressive Matrices (RSPM), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory--State form (STAI-S), and the Anxiety Differential were administered as pre- and posttests. Statistically significant Treatment × Time interactions emerged on the RSPM and the STAI-S, favoring an increase for the systematic desensitization treatment on the RSPM and a decrease for the cognitive modification treatment on the STAI-S. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-528
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1981


  • cognitive modification vs systematic desensitization, test anxiety, 10th graders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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