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A randomized trial of Internet delivered treatment for social anxiety disorder in high school students
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2011 (English)In: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ISSN 1650-6073, Vol. 40, no 2, 147-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been shown effective for university students with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and public speaking fears. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the promising results can be transferred to high school students suffering from this condition. A total of 19 speech-anxious high school students with SAD were randomized either into 9 weeks of Internet-delivered CBT or to a wait-list control group. Significant improvements were found on measures of social anxiety, general anxiety, and depression. Effects were maintained at 1-year follow-up. The average within- and between-group effect sizes (Cohen's d) for the primary social anxiety scales at posttest were 0.98 and 1.38, respectively. However, the average number of completed modules in the CBT program was low. Although compliance can be improved, the results suggest that Internet-based guided self-help is effective in the treatment of high school students with SAD.

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2011. Vol. 40, no 2, 147-157 p.
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social anxiety disorder, public speaking, high school students, Internet, cognitive behavioral therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-125808DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2011.555486OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-125808DiVA: diva2:321041
Available from: 2010-05-28 Created: 2010-05-28 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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