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Modifying social anxiety related to a real-life stressor using online Cognitive Bias Modification for interpretationq

Hoppitt, L and Illingworth, JL and MacLeod, C and Hampshire, A and Dunn, BD and Mackintosh, B (2014) 'Modifying social anxiety related to a real-life stressor using online Cognitive Bias Modification for interpretationq.' Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52. pp. 45-52. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

Modifying threat related biases in attention and interpretation has been shown to successfully reduce global symptoms of anxiety in high anxious and clinically anxious samples (termed Cognitive Bias Modification, CBM). However, the possibility that CBM can be used as away to prevent anxiety associated with an upcoming real-life stressful event in vulnerable populations has yet to be systematically examined. The present study aimed to assess whether a two-week course of online CBM for interpretations (CBM-I) could reduce social evaluative fear when starting university. Sixty-nine students anxious about starting university completed five sessions of online CBM in the two weeks prior to starting university, or completed a placebo control intervention. Results indicated that CBM-I reduced social evaluative fear from baseline to day one of starting university to a greater extent than the placebo control intervention. Also, there was a greater reduction in state anxiety and a trend indicating a greater reduction in social evaluative fear in the CBM-I group at 4 weeks follow-up. Results suggest that CBM-I could be used as a preventative tool to help reduce anxiety specific to challenging life events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; Information processing; Interpretation bias; Attention bias; Cognitive Bias Modification
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9294

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