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Treatment of Childhood Social Phobia

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Deborah Beidel, University of Central Florida Identifier:
First received: August 9, 2002
Last updated: July 31, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
This 4-year study will compare the long-term effectiveness of behavioral treatment, fluoxetine (Prozac®), and placebo for treatment of social phobia in children and adolescents.

Condition Intervention Phase
Social Phobia
Behavioral: Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children (SET-C)
Drug: Fluoxetine
Drug: Pill Placebo
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Childhood Social Phobia

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Further study details as provided by University of Central Florida:

Enrollment: 139
Study Start Date: April 2001
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children
Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children includes social skills training, peer generalization experiences and exposure therapy
Behavioral: Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children (SET-C)
Experimental: Fluoxetine
Fluoxetine given in 10mg doses, up to 40 mg as tolerated
Drug: Fluoxetine
Placebo Comparator: Pill placebo
Capsules identical to fluoxetine given in "10 mg." doses up to 40 mg.
Drug: Pill Placebo

Detailed Description:
Social phobia affects 3-5 percent of children, and prevalence rises with age. Youth with social phobia fear many activities that are part of everyday life and suffer from problems such as headaches or stomachaches, panic, avoidance, general anxiety, depression, loneliness, and a very restricted range of social relationships. Recent findings indicate a new psychosocial treatment called Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children (SET-C) is effective in treating children ages 8-11, resulting in reduced emotional distress and improved social functioning. Treatment effects have been maintained for up to 6 months. This study will examine SET-C in children ages 8-15. Because available data suggest that the drug fluoxetine is a promising treatment, SET-C will be compared to fluoxetine in this trial. Durability of treatment will be monitored over a 1-year follow-up period.

Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of social phobia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Major Depression
  • IQ of less than 80
  • Medical conditions contraindicating use of fluoxetine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00043537

United States, Maryland
Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States, 20742
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Central Florida
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Deborah Beidel, Professor of Psychology, University of Central Florida Identifier: NCT00043537     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH053703 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: August 9, 2002
Last Updated: July 31, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Central Florida:
Phobic Disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Phobic Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2D6 Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme Inhibitors
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