- Virtually encountering fears
- Technology-assisted interventions for social anxiety disorder
- Award date
- 23 May 2018
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
The entry of technology into mental health care facilitates new treatment possibilities for social anxiety disorder (SAD). The main goal of the present thesis was to contribute to the knowledge on technology-assisted interventions for SAD by providing a systematic overview of the existing literature, investigating the efficacy of existing technology-assisted interventions, developing a virtual reality exposure intervention for patients with heterogeneous social fears, examining predictors of treatment outcome, and comparing different assessment tools regarding the prediction of social anxiety in daily life. By approaching technology-assisted interventions for SAD from different angles, this thesis provides new insights regarding the integration of technology and traditional interventions for SAD, such as exposure therapy, and presents conclusions and implications for future research.
- Please note that the section ‘Acknowledgements (Dankwoord)’ is not included in the thesis downloads.
Thesis (Embargo up to and including 23 May 2020)
Chapter 4: Cognitive predictors of treatment outcome for exposure therapy: Do changes in self-efficacy, self-focused attention, and estimated social costs predict symptom improvement in social anxiety disorder? (Embargo up to and including 23 May 2020)
Chapter 5: Does exposure therapy lead to changes in attention bias and approach-avoidance bias in patients with social anxiety disorder? (Embargo up to and including 23 May 2020)
Chapter 6: Self-report questionnaires, behavioral asssessment tasks, and an implicit behavior measure: Do they predict social anxiety in everyday life? (Embargo up to and including 23 May 2020)
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