Cue-Controlled Relaxation and “Aromatherapy” in the Treatment of Speech Anxiety

Ilana P. Spector, Michael P. Carey, Randall S. Jorgensen, Andrew W. Meisler, C. L.M. Carnrike

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The purpose of this investigation was to examine the separate and combined effects of cue-controlled relaxation training and “aromatherapy” as treatments for reducing speech anxiety. Thirty-six speech anxious subjects were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: cue-controlled relaxation with a word cue, cue-controlled relaxation with an aroma cue, “aromatherapy” alone, and a wait list (i.e., control) group. Prior to treatment, subjects completed the Personal Report of Confidence as a Speaker, Fear of Negative Evaluation questionnaire, S-R Inventory of Anxiousness-Speech Form, Cognitive Somatic Anxiety Questionnaire, and Multiple Affect Adjective Check List; subjects also performed a speech which was rated for behavioral signs of anxiety. The assessment protocol was repeated following treatment, and at a two-month follow-up. Thirty-two of 36 subjects (89%) provided complete data at post-treatment, and 23 of 28 treated subjects (82%) provided complete data at follow-up. Results indicated that subjects in both cue-controlled relaxation conditions decreased their speech anxiety more than did the subjects in the aromatherapy or control conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-253
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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