The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy for academic anxiety problems of student migrants


  • Sonny Tirta Luzanil Fakultas Psikologi, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Adhityawarman Menaldi Fakultas Psikologi, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia


cbt, college students, group therapy, optimism, worry


Worry as a component in academic anxiety affects student’s apprehension of situations or outcomes as threatening. Student migrants are prone to worries during their academic life. Reducing worry and increasing optimism to academic situations become an effort to help student migrants complete their education. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) delievered in group and through teleconference settings to reduce worry and increase optimism of student migrants with academic anxiety issues. The therapies were conducted to a group of six students for five sessions with three times measurement used The Student Worry Questionnaire and Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R). This study was analyzed descriptively through changes in each measurement result and qualitative analysis obtained from observations and interviews. The results showed a significant reduction in worry although the change in optimism is less observed. The qualitative evaluation further demonstrated the dynamics that occurred between before and after treatment. This study suggested that group CBT has a good potential in reducing worry among student migrants with academic anxiety problems.


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Luzanil, S. T., & Menaldi, A. (2022). The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy for academic anxiety problems of student migrants . Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat, 9(1), 94–115.



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