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International Journal of Research in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 2
First page : ( 11) Last page : ( 19)
Print ISSN : 2320-8716. Online ISSN : 2320-8724.

The Effectiveness of Training Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Conference Anxiety Reduction in Classroom among Female High School Students of Saveh, Iran

Jahedi Zeinab Sirousa, Keykhosrovani Moloudb, Cholicheh Neda Esmaeilic, Allahyari Maryamd

aPh.D Candidate, Department of Public Psychology, College of human science, Islamic Azad University, Bushehr, Iran

bFaculty Member in Department of Public Psychology, Bushehr Branch, College of Human Science, Islamic Azad University, Bushehr, Iran

cM.A Student in Department of Clinical Psychology, College of Human Science, Islamic Azad University, Bushehr, Iran

dM.A Student in Counselling, North Tehran Branch, College of human science, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Online published on 15 December, 2016.

Abstract

Psychotherapy based on acceptance and commitment therapy is one of the third wave therapies that emphasizes on the functional changes of thoughts and feelings instead of changing the form, content or the frequency of them. It seems in disorders such as anxiety, thoughts and feelings functional changes occur much faster and easier than changing the form and content. The present study aims at investigate the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy on reducing conference anxiety among the female students.

Methods

The study used a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design with control group. The research sample was selected using random sampling and divided into two groups. The experimental group received acceptance and commitment therapy for 8 two-hour sessions, and the control group did not receive any treatment. The questionnaires were again given to both groups in the posttest phase.

Findings

There was a significant difference between experimental and control groups. The results of covariance analysis revealed acceptance and commitment therapy significantly reduced the physiological symptoms of conference anxiety and increased the speaker's self-confidence.

Result

According to the obtained results, acceptance and commitment therapy significantly reduced the participants’ anxiety who suffered from conference anxiety.

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Keywords

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Conference Anxiety.

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