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A cognitive-behavioural, group-based intervention for social anxiety in schizophrenia

Halperin, S., Nathan, P., Drummond, P.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-3711-8737 and Castle, D. (2000) A cognitive-behavioural, group-based intervention for social anxiety in schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 34 (5). pp. 809-813.

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Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of group-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for social anxiety in schizophrenia.

Method: Patients with schizophrenia (20) with comorbid social anxiety were randomly assigned to the group-based CBT or wait-list control condition. Pre-, post- and 6-week follow-up ratings included measures of social anxiety and avoidance, mood and quality of life.

Results: The intervention group improved on all outcome measures and the control group showed no change in symptomatology.

Conclusions: Group-based CBT is effective in treating social anxiety in schizophrenia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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