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The Effects of Pronoun Usage in Positive Self-Statements on Anxiety Levels
by Givens, Adriana, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 39; 27957972
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the potential effects on anxiety levels of positive self-statements being used with both the first-person pronoun “I” and the second-person pronoun “You.” Participants included 124 undergraduate psychology students recruited from a university participation pool for research credit and from individual courses for extra credit. After being asked to recall a personally anxiety-producing situation from their past, participants retyped a positive self-statement, featuring either “I” or “You” wording, five times. Pre- and post-manipulation levels of state anxiety were measured. Results showed no significant main effects or interaction between time of pre- and post-anxiety levels and pronoun usage. These findings may suggest that self-statements may not have an effect on anxiety levels and the manipulation of pronouns may not effect potential benefits of using self-statements. The latter finding supports the basic findings of previous research that there are benefits of using all forms of pronouns within various situations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pomerantz, Andrew
Commitee: Segrist, Dan, Ro, Eunyoe
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Personality psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, First-person, Pronouns, Second-person, Self-statements
Publication Number: 27957972
ISBN: 9798645477714
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