A comparison of two relaxation procedures for reducing cognitive and somatic anxiety
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1983
Pages: 209 - 214
Source ID: shanti-sources-69396
Collection: Yoga-Based Interventions for Stress and Anxiety
Abstract: The effectiveness of two different relaxation procedures was compared in treating snake anxious people who expressed anxiety primarily in a somatic or a cognitive manner. Forty moderately snake phobic subjects were categorized as either "somatically-anxious" or "cognitively-anxious" on the basis of a questionnaire. Half of the subjects in each group were given modified progressive relaxation training, and the other half received training in Agni-Yoga for four sessions. After completion of training, approach distance, subjective fear and pulse rates were measured during a snake approach test. In addition, a snake fear scale was given to each subject prior to and after approaching the snake. The results provided tentative evidence that the two relaxation procedures produced differential effects according to whether subjects expressed anxiety somatically or cognitively.