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dc.contributor.advisorMillis, Keithen_US
dc.contributor.authorJanit, Adrian S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-21T15:32:40Z
dc.date.available2016-12-21T15:32:40Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17265
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages [95]-107).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation research compared the efficacy of two delivery methods of psychoeducation for spider phobia. Handout Delivery (HD) presented the psychoeducation explicitly, so participants were aware their phobias were being addressed. Story Delivery (SD) presented the information implicitly, embedded within a fictional narrative, so participants were largely unaware their phobias were being addressed. SD was hypothesized to produce greater fear reduction than HD, due to Narrative Interference (NI), the tendency for rich narrative to compete with or alter readers’ semantic memory. The results suggest that HD reduces self-reported phobic cognitions, whereas SD reduces phobic responses to spider stimuli. SD produced NI across general and circumscribed retrieval contexts, whereas HD produced NI primarily in a circumscribed retrieval context. These findings might suggest that SD is a more robust and generalizable delivery method for psychoeducation. SD might be more efficacious because story readers are focused on building a rich situation model, and are therefore less likely to evaluate, resist, and reject the psychoeducation.en_US
dc.format.extentv, 143 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAnimal phobias--Treatmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshAnimal phobias--Study and teachingen_US
dc.titleNarrative delivery of psychoeducation : decreasing phobic symptoms through narrative interferenceen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)en_US


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