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The efficacy of internet-based virtual reality exposure therapy for public speaking anxiety: A randomized controlled trial
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical psychology.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Fear of public speaking is common and for some individuals this interferes significantly with the person's life and causes marked distress. We wanted to test a newly developed virtual reality assisted 1-session in-person treatment (3 hours). The therapist guided session consisted of a series of behavioral experiments based on the expectancy violation principle. This was followed by a 4-week booster intervention delivered via the internet. Following a diagnostic interview a total of 50 individuals with a score of ≥ 60 on the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety questionnaire were randomized to a treatment or a control condition. A total of 78% also met criteria for social anxiety disorder. Considering only having had one treatment session in-person the preliminary results were promising with a between group effect size on the primary outcome (Public Speaking Anxiety Scale) of Cohen’s d=1.32 before commencing the internet-based booster program. Four weeks later the between-group effect size was d=1.90. However, on the secondary outcome measures the effect sizes were more often moderate than large. At the time of the conference 6-month follow-up data will be available in addition to the already collected post-assessment data (analyzed according to the intention-to-treat principle).

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2017.
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efficacy, internet-based virtual reality, exposure therapy, public speaking anxiety
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-147407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-147407DiVA: diva2:1144550
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47th Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 13-16, 2017
Available from: 2017-09-26 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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