Julie A. Joseph

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Richard Miller, Lawrence Hanser

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Fourteen subjects from among the student and staff population complaining of anxiety, volunteered to participate in a relaxation training program. The subjects were referred by the University Counseling Center, the Office of Undergraduate Advisement, or responded to an article and advertisement published in the school newspaper. Assignment to control or experimental groups was based on date of response and availability for participation. The experimental group, which consisted of eight subjects, received training in deep muscle relaxation, electromyography, skin temperature, and concomitant biofeedback, and systematic desensitization over a three week period. The controls received no relaxation training. Both groups were administered Forms A through D of the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT) 8-Parallel-Form Anxiety Battery at similar intervals during the study, to observe changes in anxiety levels for each group. It was hypothesized that those undergoing the training would decrease their anxiety levels as training progressed. Analysis of the results indicated that no significant differences existed as a function of training. Discussion centered on the possible effects of individual differences on performances within the training program, as well as possible modification of the program as subject for further research.


Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences