Journal article

Social anxiety in young people with first-episode psychosis: Pilot study of the EMBRACE moderated online social intervention

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

Early Intervention in Psychiatry | WILEY | Published : 2019


AIM: We conducted a single-group pilot study to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and safety of a novel online intervention (entitled EMBRACE) that includes expert and peer moderation, therapeutic comics and social networking features. The cognitive-behavioural-based intervention was specifically designed to treat social anxiety as a primary treatment target in youth with first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: The 10 participants (17-26 years; Mage = 23 years) had a diagnosis of FEP and experienced significant levels of social anxiety as defined by exceeding a sub-threshold clinical score (>30) on the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS). They had access to the EMBRACE intervention..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship; Career Development Fellowship, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)., Grant/Award Number: APP1082934