Generalizing change through participant modeling with self-directed mastery

Albert Bandura, Robert W. Jeffery, Eva Gajdos

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Abstract

It was hypothesized that a brief experience of self-directed mastery after phobic behavior had been eliminated by participant modeling would enhance generalized changes in psychological functioning. Adult phobics received participant modeling alone, or participant modeling followed by self-directed performance with either familiar or varied threats. Subjects who had the benefit of independent mastery experiences, compared to those who received participant modeling alone, displayed more generalized behavioral changes, greater fear reduction, higher levels of self-competency, and less fear of threats beyond the one specifically treated. Self-directed performance with a familiar threat, however, extinguished fears more thoroughly and induced a stronger sense of self-competency than did coping independently with varied threats. The overall evidence indicates that the successful transfer effects resulted from stimulus generalization, enhancement of self-adequacy. and acquisition of a generalizable skill for coping with fear-provoking situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume13
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1975

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