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Title: Safety behaviours in adolescent social anxiety
Author: Evans, Rachel
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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Background: Social Anxiety Disorder (SoAD) in youth is often treated with a generic form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Some studies have suggested primary SoAD is associated with lower recovery rates following generic CBT compared to other anxiety disorders. Aims: This systematic review and meta-analysis investigated recovery rates following generic CBT for youth with primary SoAD versus other primary anxiety disorders. Method: 5 databases (Psycinfo, Web of Science, PubMed, Embase, Medline) were searched forrandomised controlled trials of generic CBT for child and/or adolescent anxiety. Results: 10 trials met criteria for inclusion in the systematic review, 6 of which presented sufficientdata for inclusion in the meta-analysis. 67 did not report data on recovery rates relative to primary diagnosis. The results of the systematic review were mixed. Across the trials included in the meta-analysis, the post-CBT recovery rate from primary SoAD (35%) was significantly lower than the recovery rate from other primary anxiety disorders (54%). Conclusions: Recovery from primary SoAD is significantly less likely than recovery from any other primary anxiety disorder following generic CBT in youth. This suggests a need for research to enhance the efficacy of CBT for youth SoAD.
Supervisor: Clark, David Millar Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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