Reassurance: A Mechanism by Which the Presence of Others Reduces Anxiety
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The current investigation was designed to test the hypothesis that reassurance is at least one mechanism by which the presence of others reduces anxiety. In two separate experiments Ss (female undergraduates n = 38 and n = 40, respectively) waited to participate in an anxiety provoking shock experiment with two Cs. In one condition the Cs were reassuring and in the other they were not. Results of both experiments showed anxiety reduction only when the Cs were reassuring. Birth order differences could not be found; nor could the results of Experiment 2 confirm the hypothesis that reassurance causes people cognitively to re-evaluate the anxietyarousing situation.
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Journal of Social Psychology, v. 109, issue 1, p. 119-126
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Spector, Paul E. and Sistrunk, Frank, "Reassurance: A Mechanism by Which the Presence of Others Reduces Anxiety" (1978). Psychology Faculty Publications. 616.