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EFFECTS OF SELF-HELP BOOK READING ON SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL VARIABLES IN A NON-CLINIC SAMPLE.

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Author(s): PATRICIA MARTÍNEZ SERRANO | JUAN CARLOS SIERRA

Journal: Universitas psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 197;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Self-help Books | anxiety | fear of negative evaluation non-clinical population quasi-experiment.

ABSTRACT
Over the last decades there has been an important increase in the use of self-help literature. The present researchevaluates the effect of self-help books on anxiety, fear of negative evaluation, dysfunctional attitudes and assertivebehaviour. These variables were assessed in a 20 healthy volunteers before and after reading the self-help book(experimental group) and in a 20 healthy volunteers who did not read any self-help book (control group). While theexperimental group improved their scores in anxiety, fear of negative evaluation, and dysfunctional attitudes, thecontrol group did not show any statistically significant differences between pre- and post-scores, except in fear ofnegative evaluation. In general, the effect size (Cohen’s d) and the percentage of change was higher in the experimentalgroup than in the control group. These results show the therapeutic benefits of this sort of literature in non-clinicalpopulation. Implications for the improvement of psychological variables are discussed.
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