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Brief cognitive therapy for social phobia : a case series.

Wells, Adrian and Papageorgiou, Costas (2001) Brief cognitive therapy for social phobia : a case series. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 39 (6). pp. 713-720. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

Social phobia is a common and disabling anxiety disorder. The most effective psychological treatments for social phobia are cognitive therapy and exposure. However, the degree of improvement across these treatments is variable, and their implementation is costly and time-consuming. This study aimed to conduct a preliminary clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of a brief, new form of cognitive therapy based on a recent cognitive model of social phobia. Six consecutively referred patients with social phobia were treated using established single case series methodology. Brief cognitive therapy was effective with all patients demonstrating clinically significant improvements in all measures. Treatment gains were maintained at follow-up. The mean number of treatment sessions delivered was 5.5 and improvements compare favourably with previous treatment studies. Brief cognitive therapy for social phobia appears promising and it is potentially cost-effective. Future randomised and controlled evaluations of this brief treatment are warranted.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social phobia ; Cognitive therapy ; Brief treatment ; Self-consciousness
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 13589
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2008 14:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13589

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