Behavioral treatment of social phobia in youth: Does parent education training improve the outcome?
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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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 67, 19-29 p.
Social phobia, Youth, Behavior therapy, Parent involvement, Comorbidity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116944DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.02.001ISI: 000351886800002PubMedID: 25727679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-116944DiVA: diva2:846599