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Dissertation

The effectiveness of cognitive behavior group therapy on Social Anxiety Disorder

26 July 2004

Abstract

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.


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