A Self-Modeling Intervention for High School Students with Public Speaking Anxiety
Fears about speaking in public are not uncommon. A recent survey found that 30% of the respondents experienced excessive anxiety when they spoke to a large audience (Stein, Walker, & Forde, 1996). Additionally, 10% of the respondents reported that the excessive anxiety had produced extreme interference in different contexts such as work, social life, and educational pursuits. It was also found that public speaking anxiety (PSA) peaked between the ages of 13 and 17 or the high school years (Stein et al., 1996). How individuals communicate with each other defines how we perceive ourselves, how others perceive us, and how accessible we are to learning in the classroom (Hurt & Preiss, 1978; McCroskey, Daly, Richmond, & Falcione, 1977). The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a self-modeling intervention on high school students’ PSA, as measured with behavioral indices and self-reports of anxiety, using an ABA design.