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The preliminary study of computerized cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety

[Speaker] Sasaki, Yohei:1
[Co-author] Nakao, Mutsuhiro:2, Kodama, Yoshio:3, Adachi, Shohei:4, Shirotsuki, Kentaro:5
1:Graduate School of Human and Social Sciences, Musashino University (Japan), 2:Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health (Japan), 3:Tokorozawa Mental Clinic (Japan), 4:SAITEC INC. (Japan), 5:Faculty of Human Sciences, Musashino University (Japan)

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is effective treatment for social anxiety disorder. On the other hands, there are the barriers to accessing treatment including a shortage of professionals, waiting time, or costs. It has been indicated computerized CBT (CCBT) is accessible format. However, CCBT program has not been developed in Japan enough. This study examined the effectiveness of self-help CCBT program for social anxiety. Present program consisted of eight weekly sessions, including psycho-education, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral activation. Participants were 24 undergraduate students. They were assigned to CCBT group (n=10) or control group (n=14). The main outcome measure was Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale-Japanese (LSAS-J; Asakura et al., 2002). The results showed significant interaction (F(1, 22)=4.70 p<.05) ; Post hoc test by Bonferroni method indicated the LSAS scores of CCBT group significantly lowered than control group (p<.05). The results suggest that present CCBT program can be effective intervention for social anxiety.
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