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Hagh-Shenas H, Bahredar M J, Rahman-Setayesh Z. A Clinical Trial for Reduction of Test Anxiety in a Group of Adolescents. IJPCP. 2009; 15 (1) :63-69
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-666-en.html
1- PhD. in Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology, , E-mail: haghsheh@sums.ac.ir
2- Postgraduate Student in Clinical Psychology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
3- MS. in Clinical Psychology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.
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Objectives: Test anxiety is a situation dependent anxiety that can cause a significant reduction in the ability of people in dealing with tests or assessments. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of cognitive-behavioral methods in the form of group education on the reduction of test anxiety in high school adolescents in the city of Fasa (Fars province, Iran). Method: 30 boys and 30 girls in a unisex group therapy scheme (boys and girls separately, each group containing 15 individuals), participated in 10 group therapy sessions with cognitive-behavioral methods. Intervention methods included programs for training muscle relaxation and cognitive therapy for confronting stress. Results: Comparison of the results of the pretest and post-test revealed a decrease in the level of anxiety in the subjects to one third of the primary level, which remained constant until two months after dis-continuing the approach. The effect was higher in girls than in boys. Group therapy had a significant effect on the increase in the scores of participants’ self-esteem (p<0.001). Conclusion: Different methods of cognitive-behavioral group therapy can be effective in decreasing test anxiety in high school students.

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Received: 2009/05/31

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