Residential Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy for Social Phobia
The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to compare the effectiveness of two promising treatments for social phobia, a new cognitive therapy model (Clark & Wells, 1995; Borge et al., 2001) and interpersonal therapy (Lipsitz, Markowitz, & Cherry, 1997), adapted for inpatient groups; and (2) to study the empirical change processes in these therapies and compare them with the cognitive and interpersonal models of change.
Behavioral: Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Residential Cognitive Therapy Versus Residential Interpersonal Therapy for Social Phobia: A Randomized Controlled Trial|
- Social Avoidance
- Social Anxiety
- General Anxiety
- Interpersonal Problems
- Personality Disorders
|Study Start Date:||October 2001|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2004|
Social phobia typically leads to severe impairment in work and other social life, and - without treatment - it can persist for decades. Given its prevalence, severity, and chronicity, effective treatment methods are strongly needed. However, traditional psychological and pharmacological treatments have had statistically significant, but clinically limited effects (Taylor, 1996).
Based on an empirical analysis of the cognitive processes in social phobia, Clark and Wells (1995) have developed a new cognitive model. Cognitive therapy (CT) derived from this model has been found to be superior to a combination of fluoxetine and self-exposure (Clark et al., 2003).
Social phobic symptoms may be viewed as a result of more general interpersonal difficulties and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) can be a reasonable alternative for social phobia (Lipsitz & Markowitz, 1996). A clinical case series indicates that social phobic patients improve during interpersonal psychotherapy for social phobia (IPT-SP; Lipsitz et al., 1999.
|Vikersund, Buskerud, Norway, N-3370|
|Study Chair:||Asle Hoffart, Dr Psychol||Modum Bad|
|Principal Investigator:||Finn-Magnus Borge, Cand Psychol||Modum Bad|