Changes in perceived centrality of anxious events following cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder and panic disorder

Mia Skytte O'Toole, Lynn Watson, Nicole K Rosenberg, Dorthe Berntsen

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to explore the association between reductions in symptoms of psychopathology and perceived centrality of negative autobiographical memories in participants with social anxiety disorder (SAD) or panic disorder (PD).

METHODS: Thirty-nine individuals with SAD or PD recalled and rated four negative autobiographical memories before and after ten sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) over a three-month period. Twenty-eight healthy controls did the same before and after a three-month period.

RESULTS: As hypothesized, results showed a decrease in perceived centrality following CBT. This decrease in perceived centrality was larger, although at the trend level, for individuals who experienced reliable change on disorder-specific symptoms.

LIMITATIONS: The correlational nature of the study prevents establishing the causal relationship between changes in perceived centrality and psychopathology, and future studies should explore such mechanisms.

CONCLUSIONS: The present study adds to the emerging body of literature, investigating changes in centrality of event following psychotherapy.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Vol/bind59
Sider (fra-til)150-156
Antal sider7
ISSN0005-7916
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2018

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