Comparison of electromyographic feedback and progressive relaxation training in treating circumscribed anxiety stress reactions

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Abstract

Examined the effects of EMG feedback and progressive relaxation training on the anxiety stress reactions of patients having recurrent, negative reactions to dental treatment. 21 21-48 yr old Ss were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: EMG feedback, progressive relaxation, or control. Four dependent measures--EMG level, Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS), and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (A-State and A-Trait)--were collected for dental appointments before and after training. Results show significant, comparable decreases in EMG levels across dental appointments for both EMG feedback and progressive relaxation groups but not for the control group. On the DAS and A-State measures, significant decreases in all groups were found. Although the decreases shown by the EMG feedback and progressive relaxation groups did not differ significantly from each other, they were both significantly greater than the decrease shown by the control group. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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