Social phobia: maintenance models and main components of CBT

Sofi Marom, Idan M. Aderka, Haggai Hermesh, Eva Gilboa-Schechtman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Social phobia (SP, or social anxiety disorder, SAD) is among the most common of all psychiatric disorders. SP typically begins early in life and provokes a great deal of impairment and reduction in quality of life. Despite its high prevalence and associated impact, SP has only recently become the focus of clinical research. We review the current CBT literature on SP, focusing on its main components, such as exposure, safety behaviors, cognitive restructuring, post-event processing, attentional retraining and social skills training. We suggest that although CBT for SP is effective, with effect sizes ranging from .6 to 2.6, much room for improvement remains. We conclude by reviewing some new and promising directions in the development of CBT for SP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Social phobia: maintenance models and main components of CBT'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this