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Attention Training and Cognitive Therapy

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: March 25, 2010
Last Update Posted: March 25, 2010
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University of Sydney
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
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (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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Further study details as provided by University of Sydney:

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


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): 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
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Maree Abbott, The University of Sydney
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01093313     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: USydney9274
First Submitted: March 24, 2010
First Posted: March 25, 2010
Last Update Posted: March 25, 2010
Last Verified: March 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Phobic Disorders
Phobia, Social
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders