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Effectiveness of “Task Concentration Training” in Reducing the Anxiety Symptoms in Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder
K. Golmohammadi *1, M.R. Shairi2, M.A. Asghari Moghaddam2
1- Clinical Psychology Department, Literature & Humanities Sciences Faculty, University of Shahed, Tehran, Iran , karimgolpsy68@gmail.com
2- Clinical Psychology Department, Literature & Humanities Sciences Faculty, University of Shahed, Tehran, Iran
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Aims: As a common disorder, the social anxiety disorder is characterized by the persistent fear of social situations and severe physical and mental reactions. Its prevalence and effect being noticed, different psychotherapy methods were raised to reduce or annihilate it. The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of task-concentration training technics on the social anxiety symptom reduction in persons with social anxiety.

Materials & Methods: In the controlled pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study, 20 students with social anxiety disorder were studied in Shahed University in 2014-15 academic year. The subjects, selected via stepwise cluster sampling method, were randomly divided into two groups including control and experimental (task concentration training) groups. Data was collected using the social anxiety questionnaire and the structured clinical interview. Five one-hour task-concentration treatment sessions were conducted in experimental group. Data was analyzed by SPSS 16 software using independent T test.

Findings: The mean scores of social anxiety and its sub-scales were not significantly different in experimental and control groups at the pretest stage (p>0.05). Nevertheless, the pretest-posttest differences of the scores of social anxiety and its subscales including avoidance, fear, and physiologic discomfort between the groups were significant (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The task-concentration training techniques reduce the social anxiety symptoms in persons with social anxiety disorders.

Keywords: Social Anxiety Disorder, Task Concentration Training, Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Mental Health
Received: 2016/01/26 | Accepted: 2016/06/11 | Published: 2016/12/31
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DOI: 10.18869/acadpub.hms.23.1.21


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Golmohammadi K, Shairi M, Asghari Moghaddam M. Effectiveness of “Task Concentration Training” in Reducing the Anxiety Symptoms in Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder. Horizon Med Sci . 2017; 23 (1) :21-26
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