Date of Award
Master of Social Work
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized by fear of embarrassment. A common treatment for SAD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can be delivered individually or in group settings. For the following research paper, a CBT group was administered to 4 individuals diagnosed with SAD in a real-world setting. The group lasted 6 weeks and utilized CBT interventions including psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, and exposure simulations. Psychological Symptoms Scan (Psych-Scan), Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), and Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI) were utilized to measure the severity of clients’ anxiety and depression symptomology before and after treatment. The SPIN pre and posttest showed statistically significant improvements (t(3) = 2.34, p = .05); as did the CGI pre and posttests (t(3) = 5, p = .007). In addition to these measures, weekly monitoring forms were kept by each participant to self-monitor anxiety and depression levels, as well as times they practiced exposures.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Brin, Samantha, "Evaluating a Cognitive Behavioral Group for Social Anxiety in a Real World Setting" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 690.