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Therapist and Internet Administered One-Session 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.
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (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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2018.
Keywords [en]
public speaking anxiety
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155065DiVA, id: diva2:1196666
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Anxiety and Depression Conference, Washington DC, USA, April 4-8, 2018
Available from: 2018-04-10 Created: 2018-04-10 Last updated: 2018-09-24Bibliographically approved

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