Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología
Print version ISSN 0120-0534
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the exposure and cognitive therapy on symptoms of psychopathology of 85 social phobia patients. The participants were randomly assigned to the following experimental conditions: a) the combination of exposure and cognitive restructuring (10 sessions); b) exposure (5 sessions) followed by cognitive restructuring (5 sessions) and c) a control group that after three months received cognitive restructuring (5 sessions) followed by exposure (5 sessions). Results indicate full remission of the psychopathology levels associated to the presence of social phobia, as well as in higher levels of self-esteem and assertiveness, not existing significant differences between the treatments used.
Keywords : Social phobia; Treatment; Psychopathology; Self esteem; Assertiveness.