Ross, D. B., & Lake County Coll., G. I. (1990). Controlling School Anxiety: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Teachers.
This document presents a handbook for high school and college counselors and teachers who work with students who have school anxiety. Chapter One defines school anxiety as a strong physical and psychological reaction to specific situations in school that seriously impairs the ability of the student to perform. General anxiety is described, along with the physiology and cognitive elements of anxiety. Chapter Two focuses on assessment of school anxiety, looking at types of assessment, sample clinical assessments, and standardized anxiety assessments. Chapter Three identifies study skills as the first cognitive therapy technique for controlling school anxiety. Four problem areas are identified and four critical skills are presented: time management, concentrating and remembering, managing test situations, and assertiveness and lack of responsibility. Chapter Four presents the technique of systematic desensitization, describing traditional desensitization, in vivo desensitization, and audio tape and group presentations. Chapter Five identifies cognitive approaches to treating school anxieties. This chapter focuses on skills acquisitions, cognitive restructuring, and the development of coping strategies. Chapter Six presents general stress management techniques, including diet and eating patterns, exercise, and managing time and life pacing. Major differences in the treatment strategies to be used for the various types of school anxieties (test, speech, and mathematics anxieties) are discussed in Chapter Seven. Chapter Eight contains relaxation and desensitization scripts. Each chapter contains references. Contains 61 references. (NB)