Evaluation of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Adolescents

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback-assisted intervention to impart skills for coping with stressful encounters in a nonclinical adolescent population. Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish participants completed pre- and postintervention questionnaires assessing state anxiety, test anxiety, behavior symptoms, hostility, and self-esteem. Electrodermal activity was recorded using biofeedback. From pre- to postintervention, scores of state anxiety, test anxiety, behavior symptoms, and self-esteem, but not hostility, changed significantly in the intervention group as compared with the control group. A significant Group × School effect was evident for state and test anxiety and behavior problems, indicative of higher reductions in the Arab group. The cognitive-behavioral program proved an effective preventive intervention for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2008


  • adolescents
  • biofeedback
  • cognitive-behavioral intervention
  • state anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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