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Self-control and engagement with self-help for social anxiety

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posted on 2022-03-28, 01:02 authored by Jessie Burns Watson
Cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) has been shown to be efficacious for social anxiety disorder. Nevertheless, not all participants improve. Evidence suggests that self-control is a malleable ability with potential for practical applications in treatment. The aim of the current study is to examine a role for self-control in treatment and the impact of a brief self-control intervention on engagement with a self-help CBT exercise for social anxiety. 31 undergraduate participants, who volunteered on the basis that they would like to decrease their social anxiety, were randomly allocated to receive either a brief self-control intervention addressing sleep, diet or exercise or to monitor their behaviour in relation to similar activities over a two week period. All participants were then provided with a chapter from a self-help book for social anxiety describing cognitive challenging of unhelpful thoughts. Participants reported how often they engaged with the exercise. Self-control was not correlated with increased engagement and the self-control intervention did not increase self-control or improve engagement with the self-help exercise. The findings suggest that self-control is not associated with CBT treatment via the mechanisms examined in the current study.


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1. Introduction -- 2. Method -- 3. Results -- 4. Discussion.


Bibliography:pages 54-75 Empirical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Psychology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Lorna Peters


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