Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

A disorder-specific group cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder in adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled study

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BACKGROUND: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common disorder in adolescence associated with extensive distress and long-term impairment. Generic cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) programs for anxiety disorders have shown poorer outcomes for adolescents with SAD than for other anxiety disorders.

AIM: The aim of the present study is to investigate the efficacy of a disorder-specific group cognitive behavior therapy (G-CBT) program for youth SAD, the Cool Kids Anxiety Program - Social Enhanced (CK-E), developed at Macquarie University, Sidney, Australia.

METHODS: The study is a randomized controlled trial comparing CK-E to a generic G-CBT program for anxiety disorders. Approximately 96 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years are included with data points at pre- and post-treatment, and at 3 months and 1 year follow-ups.

DISCUSSION: The current study will provide more information about the efficacy of diagnosis-specific G-CBT treatment for youth SAD.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT03986827. Registered on 14 June 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Article number757
JournalTrials
Volume20
ISSN1468-6708
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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