Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1974

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Ronald G. Smith


14 Ss were paired according to pre-treatment smoking rate, then randomly assigned, 7 each, to either a systematic desensitization-covert sensitization (SD-CS) or relaxation-discussion (R-D) group. Ss were seen in groups of 3 or 4 each for 4 consecutive daily treatment sessions lasting 60 minutes each. Pre-treatment plethysmograph recordings were taken on all Ss in order to assess the relationship between changes in peripheral blood flow and smoking rate. It was hypothesized that: (a) the SD-CS treatment, as applied in a short term, intensive group procedure would show lower smoking rates than the R-D control group; (b) there would be a significant relationship between blood flow change (BFC) due to smoking and success in treatment. The results supported neither hypothesis.


Copyright 1974 Seetta Rose Moss


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