To evaluate a measurement procedure for a clinically relevant analog target behavior (social anxiety), college males (23 socially anxious and 23 nonanxious) were exposed to two brief interactions, 3 wk apart, with a female confederate. Half of each anxiety group was given low-demand-for-imporovement posttest instructions, while half was presented high-demand instruction. The procedure validly discriminated the two anxiety groups on several self-report, behavioral, and heart-rate measures. Demand manipulations had no positive effect on any measure. Physiological arousal was substantial and showed no evidence of habituation from pre- to posttest exposures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology