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Effects of cognitive defusion for generalized type of social anxiety

[Speaker] Sato, Tomoya:1,2
[Co-author] Shimada, Hironori:3, Ohtsuki, Tomu:3
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan), 3:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Exposure therapy has proven effective for phobias and anxiety disorders (Hofmann & Smits, 2008). However, not every recipient of exposure therapy benefits (e.g., Craske, 1999); therefore, there is room for improvement. The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with generalized type of social anxiety who fear most social situations is partial (Hook & Valentiner, 2002). These individuals do not represent a generalization of fear responses based on the direct history of fear conditioning (symbolic generalization: Dymond et al., 2011; Sato et al., 2015). Previous studies indicated the effectiveness of cognitive defusion (Dymond et al., 2011) for symbolic generalization, but there have not been any studies investigating the effectiveness of it for individuals with generalized type of social anxiety. In this thematic session, I will introduce research investigating the effectiveness of cognitive defusion for individuals with generalized type of social anxiety.
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