A cognitive-behavioural, group-based intervention for social anxiety in schizophrenia

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2000 Oct;34(5):809-13. doi: 10.1080/j.1440-1614.2000.00820.x.


Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of group-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for social anxiety in schizophrenia.

Method: Patients with schizophrenia (20) with comorbid social anxiety were randomly assigned to the group-based CBT or wait-list control condition. Pre-, post- and 6-week follow-up ratings included measures of social anxiety and avoidance, mood and quality of life.

Results: The intervention group improved on all outcome measures and the control group showed no change in symptomatology.

Conclusions: Group-based CBT is effective in treating social anxiety in schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phobic Disorders / etiology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy, Group* / methods
  • Schizophrenia / complications
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antipsychotic Agents