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Social phobic interoception : effects of bodily information on anxiety, beliefs and self-processing.

Wells, Adrian and Papageorgiou, Costas (2001) Social phobic interoception : effects of bodily information on anxiety, beliefs and self-processing. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 39 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

It has been suggested that body-state information influences self-perception and negative thinking in social phobia [Clark, D. M., & Wells, A. (1995). A cognitive model of social phobia. In R. G. Heimberg, M. R. Liebowitz, D. A. Hope & F. R. Schneier (Eds.), Social phobia: diagnosis, assessment and treatment (pp. 69–93). New York: Guilford Press.]. This study explored the effects of body-state information on anxiety and cognition in patients with generalised social phobia during a feared social interaction. It was hypothesised that information concerning an increase in pulse rate would lead to increments in anxiety, negative beliefs and self-processing whilst information concerning a decrease in pulse rate would have the opposite effect. The results of this study were generally consistent with the hypotheses. These findings are important as they may help to account for fluctuations in anxiety, negative beliefs and self-processing in social situations that do not present objective social threat. In particular, social anxiety appears to be modulated by body-state information. The implications of the present findings for cognitive therapy of social phobia are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social phobia ; Bodily information ; Anxiety ; Beliefs ; Self-focused attention ; Perspective taking
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 13590
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2008 14:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13590

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