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Evaluation of an intervention program of Trial-Based Therapy in patients with Social Anxiety Disorder.

Grant number: 13/19263-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal Investigator:Carmem Beatriz Neufeld
Grantee:Kátia Alessandra de Souza Caetano
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/18937-4 - Similarities and differences between a Trial-Based Therapy intervention and a traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intervention for Social Anxiety Disorder, BE.EP.DR


Anxiety Disorders are among the most common psychopathologies in the general population and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the most frequent one. The literature has shown that individuals diagnosed with SAD have a biased attention in cognitive processing, being more likely to interpret ambiguous social stimuli in a threatening manner. Trial-Based Therapy (TBT) is a new approach within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it mainly aims to help patients to identify and to modify their dysfunctional core beliefs. Some research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of TBT in treatment of social phobia, as well as the treatment of different disorders. However, this is a recently developed approach and further studies to evaluate its effectiveness are in order. The present research aims to propose and to evaluate an intervention program for individual TBT in patients with SAD, in order to investigate their effects on attentional bias and to compare the results with two groups: one, a group of participants diagnosed with SAD who will not receive any intervention; and the other, a group of participants who do not have SAD. The intervention will be evaluated in three stages by an independent assessor : a pre-test; half of the intervention, and a posttest. 60 participants will be selected and distributed between the following groups: 20 participants diagnosed with SAD will receive 16 sessions of TBT intervention; 20 participants who do not have a diagnosis of SAD; and 20 persons who are diagnosed with SAD, but who will not receive any intervention initially. Participants with SAD will be distributed randomly between the conditions (with and without TBT intervention) by other external researcher to study. After the post-test assessment will be offered treatment to participants with SAD who were assigned to the group without TBT intervention, being evaluated after the end of treatment. The results will be analyzed using parametric and non-parametric statistics.

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Scientific publications
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NEUFELD, CARMEM BEATRIZ; PALMA, PRISCILA C.; CAETANO, KATIA A. S.; BRUST-RENCK, PRISCILA G.; CURTISS, JOSHUA; HOFMANN, STEFAN G.. A randomized clinical trial of group and individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches for Social Anxiety Disorder. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, v. 20, n. 1, p. 29-37, . (13/19273-7, 13/19981-1, 13/19263-1)
Academic Publications
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CAETANO, Kátia Alessandra de Souza. Efficacy of trial-based cognitive therapy at treatment of social anxiety disorder: a randomized clinical trial. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC) Ribeirão Preto.

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