The effects of a flight educational intervention on flying anxiety, self-efficacy and locus of control

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Openshaw, Claire
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this quasi-experimental survey study was to explore the effects of a multi-component fear of flying program on individuals who fear flying. The purposive sample of seventeen participants comprised of five men (29.4%) and twelve women (70.6%). This within-groups study measured participants’ flying anxiety, self-efficacy and locus of control. Each participant completed a questionnaire prior to the intervention and immediately after. The questionnaire consisted of three measures, Flight Anxiety Situations, Generalized self-efficacy Scale and Locus of Control Scale. The analysis showed a significant reduction in flying anxiety, a significant increase in self-efficacy but no increase in locus of control. Thus proving that a multi-component fear of flying program has a positive effect on one’s flying anxiety and self-efficacy.