Master's Theses

Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

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.

Advisor

Ronald G. Smith

Date of Award

Spring 1974

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 1974 Seetta Rose Moss

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