Changes in post-event processing and metacognitions during cognitive behavioral group therapy for social phobia

Peter M. McEvoy*, Alison Mahoney, Sarah J. Perini, Patrick Kingsep

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Abstract

This study examined changes in post-event processing (PEP), metacognitions, and symptoms of social anxiety and depression following cognitive behavioral group therapy for social phobia (N = 61). Social anxiety, depression symptoms and PEP all significantly reduced following treatment. Reductions in PEP were associated with reductions in symptoms of social anxiety, but not depression. Metacognitions were also less strongly endorsed following treatment, with the exception of positive metacognitions. Interestingly, however, changes in metacognitions were generally associated with reductions in depression and not social anxiety. Theoretical and clinical implications as well as future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-623
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Depression
  • Metacognition
  • Post-event processing
  • Rumination
  • Social phobia

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