The effect of stress inoculation training on anxiety and performance

J Occup Health Psychol. 1996 Apr;1(2):170-86. doi: 10.1037//1076-8998.1.2.170.


Stress inoculation training is an intervention that has shown considerable promise; however, many questions arise regarding the application of this clinically based approach to more applied workplace settings. A meta-analysis was conducted to determine the overall effectiveness of stress inoculation training and to identify conditions that may moderate the effectiveness of this approach. The analysis was based on a total of 37 studies with 70 separate hypothesis tests, representing the behavior of 1,837 participants. Results indicated that stress inoculation training was an effective means for reducing performance anxiety, reducing state anxiety, and enhancing performance under stress. Furthermore, the examination of moderators such as the experience of the trainer, the type of setting in which training was implemented, and the type of trainee population revealed no significant limitations on the application of stress inoculation training to applied training environments.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / prevention & control*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome