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Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Jay C. Thomas
Social Anxiety Disorder is a debilitating psychological disorder. The effectiveness of a combination group therapy including cognitive restructuring and exposure compared to cognitive restructuring alone was examined over 8 consecutive weekly sessions. A community sample was selected for the study. The effectiveness of the therapy was measured by t-test, Friedman's permutation exact test, and clinical significance test (Jacobson & Truax, 1991). The results suggest statistically significant results for 8 group sessions of cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety; however only 42% subjects made clinically significant change and only 17% recovered. Further, subjects continued to make change across all 8 sessions. Taken all together, these findings suggest that while 8 sessions of group treatments may lead to noticeable improvement, longer treatment may be needed to produce clinically significant change.
Willeford, Carol (2004). The effectiveness of cognitive behavior group therapy on Social Anxiety Disorder (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from: