Leveraging the social network for treatment of social anxiety: Pilot study of a youth-specific digital intervention with a focus on engagement of young men
Simon Rice, Bridget O'Bree, Wilson Michael, Carla McEnery, Michelle H Lim, Matthew Hamilton, John Gleeson, Sarah Bendall, Simon D'Alfonso, Penni Russon, Lee Valentine, Daniela Cagliarini, Simmone Howell, Christopher Miles, Marc Pearson, Laura Nicholls, Nicola Garland, Edward Mullen, Patrick D McGorry, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
INTERNET INTERVENTIONS-THE APPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020
Objective: The primary objective was to determine the acceptability, feasibility and safety of a novel digital intervention (Entourage) for young people with prominent social anxiety symptoms, with a particular focus on the engagement of young men. The secondary aim was to explore whether the intervention was associated with clinically significant improvements to clinical and social variables known to co-occur with social anxiety. Method: A multidisciplinary team comprising of mental health clinicians, researchers, young adult fiction writers, a comic artist and young people with a lived experience of social anxiety developed the Entourage platform in collaboration. Entourage combines eviden..View full abstract
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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council
The study was funded by the Movember Foundation and Beyond Blue (SIC-2017) as part of the Social Innovators Challenge. Mario Alvarez-Jimenez is supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP1082934) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Carla McEnery was funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Simon Rice is supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP115888) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Lee Valentine is supported by the Mental Illness Research Fund from the State Government of Victoria.