Efficacy of an unguided internet-based self-help intervention for social anxiety disorder in university students: A randomized controlled trial.

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kählke F, Berger T, Schulz A, Baumeister H, Berking M, Auerbach RP, Bruffaerts R, Cuijpers P, Kessler RC, Ebert D
Journal: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Publication year: 2019
Pages range: e1766
ISSN: 1049-8931


Abstract

Internet- and mobile-based interventions (IMIs) offer the opportunity to deliver mental health treatments on a large scale. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the efficacy of an unguided IMI (StudiCare SAD) for university students with social anxiety disorder (SAD).\nUniversity students (N = 200) diagnosed with SAD were randomly assigned to an IMI or a waitlist control group (WLC) with full access to treatment as usual. StudiCare SAD consists of nine sessions. The primary outcome was SAD symptoms at posttreatment (10 weeks), assessed via the Social Phobia Scale (SPS) and the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS). Secondary outcomes included depression, quality of life, fear of positive evaluation, general psychopathology, and interpersonal problems.\nResults indicated moderate to large effect sizes in favor of StudiCare SAD compared with WLC for SAD at posttest for the primary outcomes (SPS: d = 0.76; SIAS: d = 0.55, p < 0.001). Effects on all secondary outcomes were significant and in favor of the intervention group.\nStudiCare SAD has proven effective in reducing SAD symptoms in university students. Providing IMIs may be a promising way to reach university students with SAD at an early stage with an effective treatment.\nOBJECTIVES\nMETHODS\nRESULTS\nCONCLUSION


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Berking, Matthias Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Ebert, David Dr.
Kählke, Fanny
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Lehrstuhl für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie


External institutions with authors

Columbia University
Harvard University
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) / Catholic University of Leuven
Universität Bern
Universität Ulm
Universität Zürich (UZH)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) / University Amsterdam


How to cite

APA:
Kählke, F., Berger, T., Schulz, A., Baumeister, H., Berking, M., Auerbach, R.P.,... Ebert, D. (2019). Efficacy of an unguided internet-based self-help intervention for social anxiety disorder in university students: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, e1766. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1766

MLA:
Kählke, Fanny, et al. "Efficacy of an unguided internet-based self-help intervention for social anxiety disorder in university students: A randomized controlled trial." International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research (2019): e1766.

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