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Internet-Based Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder - an Overview
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Free University of Berlin .
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Verhaltenstherapie (Basel), ISSN 1016-6262, E-ISSN 1423-0402, Vol. 23, no 3, 160-168 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Internet-based interventions hold specific advantages and disadvantages in the treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD). The present review examines different approaches in the internet-based treatment of SAD and reviews their efficacy and effectiveness. 21 studies investigated the potential of guided and unguided internet-based cognitive-behavioral treatments (ICBT) for SAD, comprising a total of N = 1,801 socially anxious individuals. The large majority of these trials reported substantial reductions of social anxiety symptoms through ICBT programs. Within effect sizes were mostly large and comparisons to waitlist and more active control groups were positive. Treatment gains were stable from 3 months to 5 years after treatment termination. In conclusion, ICBT is effective in the reduction of social anxiety symptoms. At the same time, not all participants benefit from these treatments to a sufficient degree. Future research should focus on what makes these interventions work in which patient populations, and at the same time, examine ways to implement internet-based treatment in the routine care for socially anxious patients.

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2013. Vol. 23, no 3, 160-168 p.
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Social anxiety disorder, Internet-based treatment, Cognitive behavior therapy, Review
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95790DOI: 10.1159/000354747ISI: 000324893200006OAI: diva2:661575


Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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