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ERIC Number: EJ796816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Telepsychology and Self-Help: The Treatment of Fear of Public Speaking
Botella, Cristina; Guillen, Veronica; Banos, Rosa M.; Garcia-Palacios, Azucena; Gallego, Maria J.; Alcaniz, Mariano
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v14 n1 p46-57 Feb 2007
This work presents a self-help, Internet-based telepsychology program for the treatment of public speaking fears. The system is comprised of 3 parts: The "assessment protocol" gives the patient information about his or her problem (i.e., amount of interference it creates in his or her life, severity, degree of fear and avoidance). The system also includes a "structured treatment protocol", organized into separate blocks, reflecting the patient's progress. This ensures that the patient does not skip any steps in the treatment (something quite common in traditional self-help manuals), which provides more control over the process. The treatment protocol is a cognitive-behavioral program that provides exposure to the feared situation using videos of real audiences. Finally, the "control protocol" assesses treatment efficacy, not only at closure, but also at every intermediate step. Efficacy data from 12 social phobia patients are presented from pretreatment to posttreatment and at 1-month follow-up. These preliminary data support the efficacy of our telepsychology program for the treatment of fear of public speaking. This is a preliminary work in a promising research path that examines the possibility of using the Internet for the treatment of psychological disorders. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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