The interpretation of negative social events in social phobia: Changes during treatment and relationship to outcome

Judith K. Wilson, Ronald M. Rapee*

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    Abstract

    Catastrophic interpretations of negative social events are considered to be an important factor underlying social phobia. This study investigated the extent to which these interpretative biases change during cognitive-behavioural treatment for social phobia, and examined whether within-treatment changes in different types of interpretations predict longer-term treatment outcome. Results showed that treatment was associated with decreases in various types of maladaptive interpretations of negative social events, but that social phobia symptoms 3 months after treatment were independently predicted only by within-treatment reductions in the degree to which individuals personally believed that negative social events were indicative of unfavourable self-characteristics. These findings are discussed in relation to cognitive models of the maintenance of social anxiety, and implications for treatment are considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)373-389
    Number of pages17
    JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
    Volume43
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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