Efficacy of behaviour modification techniques to reduce stage fright: A study

Sunil K. Jangir, Reddy Govinda


Fright or performance anxiety. Stage fright and anxiety in the students were developed due to various causes and
Students were selected for the study on the basis of their Subjective Unit of Distress Scale developed by Wolpe
(1992). The students were assessed pre and post intervention. we used the questionnaire Personal Report of Public
Speaking Anxiety - 34 (PRPSA) developed by McCroskey (2013) and Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale developed by
Rosenberg (1965) in order to determine the level of anxiety, that a student experiences while performing a speech
and measures global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self respectively. This is
the study of forty student of IX standard, Kendriya Vidyalaya, they were very diffident to present themselves on the
stage. The students were assessed pre intervention and intervened with Behaviour Modification techniques for the
period of Six weeks. The student's stage fright and self esteem were reassessed after the period of six weeks. The
results of the study reflected that the students experienced significantly less anxiety / stage fright, decreased in their
Subjective Unit of Distress Scale and increase in the self esteem. This shows that Behaviour Modification
techniques are efficient in reducing stage fright, performance anxiety and increase in self esteem.


stage fright, behaviour modification, public speaking anxiety, self esteem, emotional response

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15614/ijpp.v9i01.11756


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