Sapp (1990) conducted a study looking into the role of hypnosis when used to treat test anxiety in American college students. The participants were all enrolled in a psychology course with a heavy workload and were split into two groups, one of which received no treatment and the other receiving cognitive-behavioral hypnosis. The results of the hypnosis were then analysed.
The students were evaluated based on the grade they achieved in their midterms and also on their anxiety levels, plus any improvements made in terms of academic achievement.
The hypnosis group reported a significant reduction in test anxiety and improvement in academic achievement. The second group reported no changes. The results remained the same when both groups were evaluated again 6 weeks after their course ended.
The results show that cognitive behavioural hypnosis is a highly effective form of treatment for treating stress and anxiety in college students and its benefits extend far beyond academic purposes and can help students to cope with stress and other situations throughout their life.
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