A multicomponent behavioral treatment for social phobia: social effectiveness therapy

Behav Res Ther. 1994 May;32(4):381-90. doi: 10.1016/0005-7967(94)90001-9.


The development of a new, comprehensive and multicomponent treatment for social phobia is described. Initial results of a pilot study with the new treatment also are reported. The treatment was found to be effective with severe (generalized) social phobics, most of whom had co-occurring Axis I and/or II conditions. In addition to significant change on a host of outcome variables, a normative-based endstate functioning index was used to determine treatment efficacy. The results are discussed with respect to the implementation of the treatment and in terms of the need for a comprehensive approach to treating social phobia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*
  • Self Concept
  • Socioenvironmental Therapy / methods*