Attention Training and Cognitive Therapy

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First received: March 24, 2010
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Last verified: March 2010
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The present study aimed to investigate the efficacy and process of change that occurs in Attention Training in comparison to an established treatment for social phobia, Cognitive Therapy. A randomized trial was conducted in which participants were allocated to either six weeks of Attention Training or Cognitive Therapy. It was hypothesized that both treatments would be effective in reducing social phobia symptoms, but that Attention Training would work primarily by reducing levels of self focused attention, while Cognitive Therapy would work through changes to probability and threat appraisals.

Condition Intervention
Social Phobia
Behavioral: Cognitive therapy
Behavioral: attention training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of Attention Training and Cognitive Therapy in the Treatment of Social Phobia: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Enrollment: 46
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Attention training Behavioral: attention training
Active Comparator: Cognitive therapy Behavioral: Cognitive therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age,
  • be fluent in English
  • have a primary concern of social anxiety that met DSM-IV criteria (APA, 2000) for social phobia. Both subtypes of social phobia, specific and generalized, were accepted into the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • the presence of comorbid condition(s) that were more severe than the presenting social phobia
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01093313

Australia, New South Wales
The University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2006
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sydney
Principal Investigator: Maree Abbott, PhD University of Sydney
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Responsible Party: Dr Maree Abbott, The University of Sydney Identifier: NCT01093313     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: USydney9274
Study First Received: March 24, 2010
Last Updated: March 24, 2010
Health Authority: Australia: Human Research Ethics Committee processed this record on December 01, 2015