Impact and outcome in stress management training

Reynolds, Shirley A., Taylor, Emma and Shapiro, David A. (1993) Impact and outcome in stress management training. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 3 (4). pp. 325-338. ISSN 1099-1298

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The evaluation of stress management training (SMT) programmes suggest that benefits to participants may be due to non-specific factors and not to the technical components of SMT. The current study employed a method of psychotherapy process research to assess the extent to which task, i.e. technique driven, impacts and non-specific impacts are related to outcome. Sixty-two female health service workers participated in six standardized sessions of SMT, each of which contained specific techniques. After training participants reported significantly lower levels of psychological distress but no changes in job or non-job satisfaction. Specific task impacts, such as insight and problem definition, and non-specific impacts, support, relief and involvement were significantly related to non-job satisfaction one month after training. In addition, the slope of interpersonal impacts (support and relief) was associated with less psychological distress at one- and three-month follow-up. Process research methods appear to be a promising way of maximizing the benefits attributed to SMT and developing more effective interventions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Psychological Sciences (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:12
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 12:39
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2450030409

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