An Online Contextual Schema Therapy Workshop for Social Anxiety Symptoms – A Randomized Control Trial (69088)

Session Information: Mental Health
Session Chair: Andy Hau Yan Ho

Saturday, 1 April 2023 16:00
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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Given the high prevalence of social anxiety, developing accessible psychological interventions for this condition becomes a priority. Self-criticism and experiential avoidance have been established as two transdiagnostic mechanisms involved in social anxiety. Contextual Schema Therapy (CST; Roediger, Stevens, & Brockman, 2018) is a novel psychological treatment addressing these two mechanisms by conceptualizing them as two distinct patterns of schema activation (modes). We therefore aimed to test the efficacy of a brief (single session) CST intervention, delivered in an online group format, for individuals with social anxiety symptoms. We also examined experiential avoidance as a potential mechanism of change. 112 participants with social anxiety symptoms above cut-off were randomized to either the CST group intervention or a waitlist control group. The Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale – Second Version (BFNE-II) and the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – Second Version (AAQ-2) were filled in by participants at baseline, immediately after the intervention and at a two-week follow-up. The CST intervention comprised psychoeducation, a conceptualization of social anxiety in schema and mode terms, reflection exercises, chairwork and imagery techniques. At follow-up, significant reductions in fear of negative evaluation and experiential avoidance were found in the CST group. Experiential avoidance was a marginally significant mediator of the changes in fear of negative evaluation from pre-test to follow-up. The results support the potential large-scale usefulness of brief online CST interventions with socially anxious individuals.

Simona Stefan, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Paula Stroian, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Liviu Fodor, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Silviu Matu, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Diana Nechita, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Simona Stefan is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00