Instructional demand and pretesting in the assessment of social anxiety

Michael G. Dow, W. Edward Craighead, Thomas D. Borkovec

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A Solomon Four-Group design was used to investigate the effects of pretesting, instructional demand, and their possible interaction on the overt behavior and self-report of socially anxious males. One-half of the subjects were assessed in a low-demand pretest social interaction task. All subjects participated in a posttest social interaction 1 week later where high- and low-demand instructions were crossed with the pretest-no pretest factor. Posttest data indicated that there were no significant instructional demand, testing, or interaction effects. This study does not support the hypothesis of pretest sensitization as a way to reconcile the conflicting results of previous research. The present data are consistent with the claims that social anxiety is not easily influenced by instructional demand effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-332
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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