A Comparison of Ultra-Brief Cognitive Defusion and Positive Self-Affirmation Interventions on the Reduction of Public Speaking Anxiety

Brandrick, C., Hooper, N., Roche, B., Kanter, J. and Tyndall, I. (2020) A Comparison of Ultra-Brief Cognitive Defusion and Positive Self-Affirmation Interventions on the Reduction of Public Speaking Anxiety. Psychological Record. ISSN 0033-2933 (In Press)

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Abstract

Objectives: The present study examined the preliminary efficacy of an ultra-brief cognitive defusion intervention, compared to a positive self-affirmation intervention, on moderate subclinical Public Speaking Anxiety (PSA). Method: Sixty-three participants (M=25.70 yrs, SD=9.48) first completed a questionnaire assessing PSA symptomology and were then randomly assigned to receive one of two interventions (cognitive defusion, positive self-affirmation) or nothing at all (no-treatment control). All participants then performed an impromptu speech task before recompleting the questionnaire. Results: A significant decrease in PSA was reported within the cognitive defusion condition, relative to the positive self-affirmation and no-treatment control conditions. Conclusions: An ultra-brief cognitive defusion intervention has the potential to reduce short-term anxiety among those with moderate PSA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public speaking anxiety, defusion, self-affirmation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ian Tyndall
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2021 00:10
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5322

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