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Terapia psicológica

On-line version ISSN 0718-4808

Abstract

OLIVARES-OLIVARES, Pablo; OLIVARES, José  and  MACIA, Diego. Social Effectiveness Therapy for the Treatment of Young Spanish Adults with Generalized Social Phobia. Ter Psicol [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.3, pp.57-67. ISSN 0718-4808.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082012000300006.

The objective of this study is to adapt and validate for use in the adult Spanish population the treatment known as social effectiveness therapy (Turner, Beidel, Cooley, Woody, and Messer, 1994). We present results that were obtained by comparing an experimental-treatment group consisting of 16 participants with a waiting list control group, all with generalized social phobia (APA, 2000). The evaluation was carried out before and after the treatment in both groups as well as in two follow-ups with the experimental group. The results in the experimental group show the short and long-term efficacy of social effectiveness therapy for all measures that assess social anxiety and avoidance. In contrast, the members of the control group did not experience improvement in any of the variables evaluated.

Keywords : generalized social phobia; young adults; Social Effectiveness Therapy; treatment group; experimental.

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