Graduate Students' Effectiveness at Training Others in Progressive Relaxation Training
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Teaching of Psychology
The technique of progressive muscle relaxation, originally developed by Jacobson (1938), is frequently used by behavior therapists in the treatment of generalized anxiety, insomnia, headaches, neck and back pain (Rimm & Masters, 1979) and in combination with systematic desensitization for the treatment of fears (Wolpe, 1973) and other anxiety based problems (e.g., test anxiety; Donner & Gurney, 1969). In the teaching area, most researchers have focused on assessing student success at self-administering progressive relaxation training (PRT) and related behavioral procedures (Menges & Dobroski, 1977; Warren, 1980). The present study empirically assessed how effective graduate students in psychology were at training undergraduate volunteers in PRT.