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Attention Bias Modification Treatment for Children With Social Anxiety

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01397032
First Posted: July 19, 2011
Last Update Posted: May 27, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yair Bar-Haim, Tel Aviv University
  Purpose

Children with social anxiety will be randomly assigned to either Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) designed to direct attention away from threat or a placebo control condition not designed to change attention patterns. Outcome measures will be depression and social anxiety symptoms as measured by gold standard questionnaires as well as diagnosis of social phobia disorder and symptom counts derived from structured clinical interviews with children and their parents.

We expect to see significant reduction in social anxiety symptoms in the Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) group relative to the placebo control group.


Condition Intervention Phase
Social Phobia Behavioral: Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) Behavioral: Attention Control Condition Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Attention Bias Modification Treatment for Children With Social Anxiety

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Further study details as provided by Yair Bar-Haim, Tel Aviv University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV (ADIS) [ Time Frame: expected average time frame of 6 weeks. Participants will be assessed before and after the administriation of the training/control protocols. ]
    The ADIS is a semi-structured interview assessing anxiety, mood and externalizing disorders in children according to DSM-IV criteria.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C) and for Parents (SPAI-c-p) [ Time Frame: expected average time frame of 6 weeks. Participants will be assessed before and after the administriation of the training/control protocols. ]
    The SPAI is a 26-item self and parent-report instrument designed to assess social anxiety in children and adolescents. Items assess a range of potentially anxiety-producing situations.


Enrollment: 67
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Attention Bias Modification (ABM)
Attention training via repeated trials of a dot-probe task intended to direct attention away from threat stimuli.
Behavioral: Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT)
Behavioral: Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) Attention training using a computerized spatial attention task (dot-probe) modified to alter threat-related attention patterns.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Attention training via repeated trials of a dot-probe task not intended to change threat-related attention patterns.
Behavioral: Attention Control Condition
Attention training using a computerized spatial attention task (dot-probe) not intended to alter threat-related attention patterns.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • children suffering from social anxiety

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pharmacological or Psychological treatment
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01397032


Locations
Israel
Tel-Aviv University
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tel Aviv University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Yair Bar-Haim, PhD Tel Aviv University
  More Information

Publications:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Yair Bar-Haim, Head of Shcool of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01397032     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009340
First Submitted: June 20, 2011
First Posted: July 19, 2011
Last Update Posted: May 27, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015

Keywords provided by Yair Bar-Haim, Tel Aviv University:
attention bias modification treatment
cognitive bias modification
attention training
social anxiety

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