A comprehensive meta-analysis of cognitive-behavioral interventions for social anxiety disorder in children and adolescents

Simona Scaini, Raffaella Belotti, Anna Ogliari, Marco Battaglia

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Abstract

The effectiveness of different types of CBT for children and adolescents suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is generally supported. However, no systematic efforts have been made to quantitatively summarize and analyse the impact of specific variables on therapeutic outcome. Here, we assessed the magnitude and duration of CBT effectiveness in children and adolescents with SAD. The effectiveness of CBT was supported by the effect sizes of studies that had examined pre-post (g = 0.99), between-group (g = 0.71), and follow-up responses (follow-up vs. pre-test mean g = 1.18, follow-up vs. post-test mean g = 0.25). A significant moderating effect was found for the variable “number of treatment sessions”. In addition, larger effect sizes were found in studies that included “Social Skills Training” sessions in the intervention package. Data support the effectiveness of CBT interventions and its durability for SAD in children and adolescents. Adding social skills training to the intervention package can further enhance the impact of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Meta-analysis
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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