Behavioral treatment of social phobia in youth: Does parent education training improve the outcome?
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Social phobia is one of the most common anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and it runs a fairly chronic course if left untreated. The goals of the present study were to evaluate if
a parent education course would improve the outcome for the children and if comorbidity at the start of treatment would impair the outcome of the social phobia. A total of 55 children, 8-14 years old, were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: 1) Child is treated, 2) Child is treated and parent participates in the course, or 3) A wait-list for 12 weeks. The treatment consisted of individual exposure and group social skills training based on the Beidel et al. (2000) SET-C. Children and parents were assessed pre-, post-, and at one year follow- up with independent assessor ratings and self-report measures. Results showed that there was no significant difference between the two active treatments and both were better than the wait-list. The treatment effects were maintained or furthered at the follow-up. Comorbidity did not lead to worse outcome of social phobia, but significantly better. Comorbid disorders improved significantly from pre- to post-treatment, and from post- to follow-up assessment without being targeted in therapy.
Social phobia, youth, behavior therapy, parent involvement, comorbidity
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93931DiVA: diva2:650124