Journal article

Development of a Moderated Online Intervention to Treat Social Anxiety in First-Episode Psychosis

Carla McEnery, Michelle H Lim, Ann Knowles, Simon Rice, John Gleeson, Simmone Howell, Penni Russon, Chris Miles, Simon D'Alfonso, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background: It is well established that social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a significant clinical problem for individuals with a psychotic disorder. Comorbid social anxiety in individuals with psychosis has been associated with poorer premorbid functioning, increased depression, and a reduced quality of life. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is recommended for people with psychosis as a first-line psychological treatment; however, its focus and evaluation primarily revolves around reducing psychotic symptoms and not necessarily targeting comorbid social anxiety symptoms. We developed a novel online social cognitive behavioral intervention (entitled EMBRACE) specifically designed to treat socia..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship


Funding Acknowledgements

CMcE is funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. MA-J was supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP1082934) from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).