Self-Perception Theory and Unobtrusively Biased Interactions: A Treatment for Heterosocial Anxiety
Assessed the effectiveness of a technique predicated on D. J. Bem's (1972) self-perception theory for reducing heterosocial anxiety in college males. 26 heterosocially anxious (as measured by the Situation Questionnaire), infrequently dating undergraduate males were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a waiting-list-control group. "Real life," pleasant, prearranged social interactions with females produced a highly significant change in self-perceptions concerning anxiety as measured by the Fear of Negative Evaluation Questionnaire, the Social Avoidance and Distress Scale, the Security-Insecurity Inventory, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. When Ss later interacted with an attractive female coed in a separate setting, state anxiety was less, and behavioral performance improved on 2 conversational skills. When measured after a 6-mo interval, the reduction in perceived heterosocial anxiety maintained itself and resulted in Ss having a significantly greater number of dates. Results are discussed in terms of self-efficacy and self-regulation and control theory. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
Montgomery, F. H., & Montgomery, R. (1982). Self-Perception Theory and Unobtrusively Biased Interactions: A Treatment for Heterosocial Anxiety. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 29(4), pp. 362-370.
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Keywords and Phrases
Pleasant Prearranged Heterosexual Social Interactions, Self Perceptions Concerning Heterosexual Anxiety, Male College Students
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