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Title: The Efficacy of Symbolic Modeling and Vicarious Reinforcement in Increasing Coping-Method Adherence
Contributor(s): Rooke, SE  (author); Malouff, JM  (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2006.02.008
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Abstract: The aim of this study was to test a method of increasing adherence to a coping method assignment in individuals interested in reducing stress. Eighty university students and 48 adult nonstudents were asked to write about their emotions for 15 minutes per day over 3 days. Participants were randomly assigned to experimental or control conditions, with the experimental manipulation being an adherence intervention involving symbolic modeling and vicarious reinforcement. A word count and self-report measures showed significantly higher adherence in the adherence intervention group. Additionally, the adherence intervention group showed significantly more reduction in distress than the writing instructions only group. Finally, the amount of adherence was significantly associated with amount of reduction in self-reported distress. The results provide the first evidence of the efficacy of symbolic modeling and vicarious reinforcement in increasing the use and clinical benefits of a recommended coping method.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Behavior Therapy, 37(4), p. 406-415
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Place of Publication: United States
ISSN: 0005-7894
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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