Internet-based self-help with therapist feedback and in vivo group exposure for social phobia: A randomized controlled trial
2006 (English)In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, ISSN 0022-006X, E-ISSN 1939-2117, Vol. 74, no 4, 677-686 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sixty-four individuals with social phobia (social anxiety disorder) were assigned to a multimodal cognitive-behavioral treatment package or to a waiting list control group. Treatment consisted of a 9-week, Internet-delivered, self-help program that was combined with 2 group exposure sessions in real life and minimal therapist contact via e-mail. Results were analyzed on an intention-to-treat basis, including all randomized participants. From pre- to posttest, treated participants in contrast to controls showed significant improvement on most measured dimensions (social anxiety scales, general anxiety and depression levels, quality of life). The overall within- and between-groups effect sizes were Cohen's d = 0.87 and 0.70, respectively. Treatment gains were maintained at 1-year follow-up. The results from this study support the continued use and development of Internet-distributed, self-help programs for people diagnosed with social phobia.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 74, no 4, 677-686 p.
Internet treatment, social anxiety disorder, minimal therapist contact, clinical significance
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83590DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.74.4.677ISI: 000239608900005PubMedID: 16881775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-83590DiVA: diva2:111498