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Behavioral treatment of social phobia in youth: Does parent education training improve the outcome?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2015 (English)In: Behaviour Research and Therapy, ISSN 0005-7967, E-ISSN 1873-622X, Vol. 67, 19-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 children with a primary diagnosis of social phobia 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, Turner, and Morris (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. Comorbid disorders improved significantly from pre-to post-treatment and from post-to follow-up assessment without being targeted in therapy.

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2015. Vol. 67, 19-29 p.
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Social phobia, Youth, Behavior therapy, Parent involvement, Comorbidity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116944DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.02.001ISI: 000351886800002PubMedID: 25727679OAI: diva2:846599
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-05-04 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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