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Online Program for Social Anxiety

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02792127
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 7, 2016
Last Update Posted : December 29, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Frances Chen, University of British Columbia

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of an online program in reducing symptoms of social anxiety, unhelpful thoughts, avoidance behaviours, fear of negative evaluations and improving quality of life in students with above-average social anxiety.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Social Anxiety Behavioral: Online Program for Social Anxiety Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

While there are many benefits to online programs in treating a variety of health issues (i.e., implementation in remote areas, cost-effectiveness, etc.), the primary challenge for online formats is to imitate real-life interactions while promoting a reduction in symptoms. This will be attempted in a six-month online program for social anxiety.

The present study will assess the efficacy of a six-month online program through measures of social anxiety, fear of negative evaluations, unhelpful thoughts, avoidance behaviours and quality of life. This information will be collected from students at baseline and upon completion of the online program.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 101 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program for Social Anxiety
Study Start Date : July 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2017

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Experimental
These participants will be given access to a six-month online program for social anxiety.
Behavioral: Online Program for Social Anxiety
This program will be completed from participants' homes using their own computers. This online format is based on a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework (CBT) and involves seven modules that ask participants to engage in a variety of thinking exercises and activities.

No Intervention: Wait List Control
These participants will not be given an intervention until after they have completed the study.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Social Anxiety [ Time Frame: six months ]
    A self-report measure that assesses symptoms of distress experienced when socializing with others.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Registered UBC student
  • Achieve an above-average score on a validated screening tool for social anxiety

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not a registered UBC student
  • Clinical diagnosis of a mental illness

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02792127

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
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Principal Investigator: Frances Chen, PhD University of British Columbia
Helgadottir FD, Ross MG, Onslow M, Packman A, O'Brian, S. Online CBT II: A phase I trial of a standalone, online CBT Treatment Program for Social Anxiety in Stuttering. Behaviour Change 26(4): 254-270. 2009.
Helgadottir FD, Menzies RG, Onslow M, Packman A, O'Brian S. Online CBT I: Bridging the gap between Eliza and modern online CBT treatment packages. Behaviour Change 26(4): 245-253, 2009.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Frances Chen, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia Identifier: NCT02792127    
Other Study ID Numbers: H16-00319
First Posted: June 7, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 29, 2017
Last Verified: December 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Frances Chen, University of British Columbia:
Social Anxiety
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Online Program
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders