Internet-Based Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder - an Overview

Boettcher, Johanna; Carlbring, Per; Renneberg, Babette; Berger, Thomas (2013). Internet-Based Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder - an Overview. Verhaltenstherapie, 23(3), pp. 160-168. Karger 10.1159/000354747

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Internet-based interventions hold specific advantages and disadvantages in the treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD). The present review examines different approaches in the internet-based treatment of SAD and reviews their efficacy and effectiveness. 21 studies investigated the potential of guided and unguided internetbased cognitive-behavioral treatments (ICBT) for SAD, comprising a total of N = 1,801 socially anxious individuals.
The large majority of these trials reported substantial reductions of social anxiety symptoms through ICBT programs. Within effect sizes were mostly large and comparisons to waitlist and more active control groups were positive. Treatment gains were stable from 3 months to 5 years after treatment termination. In conclusion, ICBT is effective in the reduction of social anxiety symptoms. At the same time, not all participants benefit
from these treatments to a sufficient degree. Future research should focus on what makes these interventions work in which patient populations, and at the same time, examine ways to implement internet-based treatment in
the routine care for socially anxious patients

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Thomas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Thomas Berger

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17 Apr 2014 09:32

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17 Apr 2014 09:32

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