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ERIC Number: EJ1006781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Sudden Gains in Cognitive Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder
Bohn, Christiane; Aderka, Idan M.; Schreiber, Franziska; Stangier, Ulrich; Hofmann, Stefan G.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v81 n1 p177-182 Feb 2013
Objective: The present study examined the effects of sudden gains on treatment outcome in a randomized controlled trial including individual cognitive therapy (CT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) for social anxiety disorder (SAD). Method: Participants were 67 individuals with SAD who received 16 treatment sessions. Symptom severity at each session was assessed using the Social Phobia Weekly Summary Scale (Clark et al., 2003). Results: Results indicate that 22.4% of participants experienced a sudden gain during treatment. Individuals with sudden gains had significantly lower social anxiety symptoms at post-treatment and follow-up compared to individuals without sudden gains. Sudden gains in CT and IPT had similar magnitudes, frequencies, and timings. However, sudden gains resulted in lower levels of post-treatment symptoms in CT compared to IPT. Cognitive changes did not precede sudden gains, but sudden gains resulted in cognitive changes. Conclusions: Sudden gains in CT and IPT for SAD are predictive of long-term outcome. In addition, the effect of sudden gains may be greater in CT compared to IPT. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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