International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 12 Num. 1 - March 2012


Transcultural adaptation of a treatment for social phobia: A pilot study

Volume 12 Num. 1 - March 2012 - Pages 35-48


C?sar Jes?s Antona Casas , Mar?a del Carmen Delgado ?lvarez , Luis Joaqu?n Garc?a L?pez , Benito Estrada Aranda


The adaptation and application of a Spanish social phobia treatment were carried out in other important cultural context, the Mexican. The participants, 27 Mexican students who suffered generalized social phobia were randomly assigned to the treatment (n= 14) or a waiting list control group (n= 13). We carried out two assessments using the ADIS-IV clinical interview and scales commonly used in the assessment of social anxiety and social phobia. Results show that the group which received treatment significantly reduced the existence of the disorder, and its scores on social phobia, showed more confidence in a public speaking task and had a higher level of adjustment in relation to the control group. The efficacy of this protocol, adjusted and applied for the first time to a Mexican sample, was confirmed in this pilot study. The results kept their efficacy in a two years follow-up study.

Key words:

social phobia, social anxiety disorder, cognitive-behavioral treatment, young adults

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