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Guided and unguided Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for social anxiety disorder and/or panic disorder provided via the Internet and a smartphone application: A randomized controlled trial
Stockholm University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Psykologpartners, Linköping, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Anxiety Disorders, ISSN 0887-6185, E-ISSN 1873-7897, Vol. 44, 27-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be effective in treating anxiety disorders, yet there has been no study on Internet-delivered ACT for social anxiety disorder (SAD) and panic disorder (PD), nor any study investigating whether therapist guidance is superior to unguided self-help when supplemented with a smartphone application. In the current trial, n = 152 participants diagnosed with SAD and/or PD were randomized to therapist-guided or unguided treatment, or a waiting-list control group. Both treatment groups used an Internet-delivered ACT-based treatment program and a smartphone application. Outcome measures were self-rated general and social anxiety and panic symptoms. Treatment groups saw reduced general (d = 0.39) and social anxiety (d = 0.70), but not panic symptoms (d = 0.05) compared to the waiting-list group, yet no differences in outcomes were observed between guided and unguided interventions. We conclude that Internet-delivered ACT is appropriate for treating SAD and potentially PD. Smartphone applications may partially compensate for lack of therapist support. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD , 2016. Vol. 44, 27-35 p.
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Internet interventions; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Cognitive behavior therapy; Therapist support; Anxiety disorders; mHealth
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133741DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.09.012ISI: 000389732800003PubMedID: 27721123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133741DiVA: diva2:1063121
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council [2011-2913]; Forte [2013-1107]

Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2017-01-22

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