Stress Inoculation Bibliotherapy in the Treatment of Test Anxiety


Journal Article

The efficacy of stress-inoculation bibliotherapy for 121 test-anxious college students was examined. A phone-contact condition and a no-contact, stress-inoculation bibliotherapy condition were compared with a phone-contact, wait-list control condition and a no-contact, wait-list control condition. Results indicated that the two experimental conditions were superior to the control conditions in reducing subjective anxiety and that the phone-contact and no-contact conditions were nondifferentially efficacious in treatment adherence or gains. Treatment did not result in significant increases in academic performance. Treatment gains were maintained at a 1-month follow-up. The implications of bibliotherapy for test anxiety as an alternative or adjunct to traditional treatments are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Register, AC; Beckham, JC; May, JG; Gustafson, DJ

Published Date

  • April 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 119

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0167

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0022-0167.38.2.115

Citation Source

  • Scopus