Zsuzsanna SZABO*1 & Mihai MARIAN 2
1 Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
2 University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania
The present study was conducted to explore the efficacy of Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) in adolescents, as compared to classroom counseling on stress related topics, and to no counseling at all. Three groups of adolescents participated in the study, and responded to questionnaires measuring perceived stress, type of anxiety as a response to stress, and global and current self-esteem. Results show that Stress Inoculation Training is an effective method to teach adolescents stress coping strategies, having a statistically significant positive effect on perceived stress, anxiety, and current self-esteem thoughts, as measured in short-term and after three months.
Keywords: Stress Inoculation Training, stress, self-esteem, adolescents