Self-Efficacy And Audience Response To Public Speaking Anxiety In Professional Psychology Students (S2)

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Bawinda S Lestari , Joniarto Parung , Frikson C Sinambela


Public speaking anxiety is a concern that individuals feel before and when speaking in public due to irrational ways of thinking towards themselves and the audience. Public speaking anxiety in this study is state anxiety, meaning that professional psychology students (S2) experience anxiety only under certain conditions, namely when speaking in public. Many factors influence public speaking anxiety, including self-efficacy and audience response to the speaker. However, the influence of the two factors on public speaking anxiety for students of the psychology profession has not been studied, so treatment for students to reduce anxiety has not been carried out based on research results. This study aimed to determine the effect of self-efficacy and audience response on public speaking anxiety. Using quantitative research methods and subjects, as many as 533 professional psychology students (S2). This study uses the Personal Report Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) scale for public speaking anxiety, the Self Efficacy for Social Situations Scale (SESS) scale for self-efficacy, and the audience response scale for audience response. Hypothesis testing in this study uses multiple regression analysis. The result is a high level of self-efficacy and audience response, which tend to reduce anxiety in public speaking. In professional psychology, students (S2) self-efficacy and audience response affect 9.5%, and other factors influence the rest. These other factors are situational factors (which are conditioned), culture, and the new environment.

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