Other Research

In addition to ACT, two other mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions (MABIs) have been adapted and investigated for treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, is an 8-week group program consisting of formal and informal mindfulness practices. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is partly based on MBSR and was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale for the prevention of relapse in major depressive disorder.

Listed below are studies that have evaluated MABIs for SAD (in chronological order, by year of publication or conference presentation). The list will be updated as new studies become available.

  1. Bögels SM, Sijbers G, Voncken M (2006). Mindfulness and task concentration training for social phobia: A pilot study. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 20, 33-44. [link]
  2. Ossman WA, Wilson KG, Storaasli RD, Mcneill JW (2006). A preliminary investigation of the use of acceptance and commitment therapy in group treatment for social phobia. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 6, 397-416. [link]
  3. Morén K, Wiwe C (2006). Comparing acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. In C.E. Drake (Chair), ACT, Mindfulness and Social Anxiety Disorder. Symposium presented at The Second World Conference on ACT, RFT, and Contextual Behavioural Science, London, UK, July 27, 2006 [PDF Abstract]
  4. Dalrymple KL, Herbert JD (2007). Acceptance and commitment therapy for generalized social anxiety disorder: A pilot study. Behavior Modification, 31, 543-568. [link]
  5. Koszycki D, Benger M, Shlik J, Bradwejn J (2007). Randomized trial of a meditation-based stress reduction program and cognitive behavior therapy in generalized social anxiety disorder. Behavior Research and Therapy, 45, 2518-2526. [link]
  6. Kocovski NL, Fleming JE, Rector, NA (2009). Mindfulness and acceptance-based group therapy for social anxiety disorder: An open trial. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 276-289. [Pilot Study]
  7. Goldin PR, Ramel W, Gross JJ (2009). Mindfulness meditation training and self-referential processing in social anxiety disorders: Behavioral and neural effects. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23, 242-257. [link]
  8. Piet J, Hougaard E, Hecksher MS, Rosenberg NK (2010). A randomized pilot study of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and group cognitive-behavioral therapy for young adults with social phobia. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 403-410. [link]
  9. Jazaieri H, Goldin PR, Werner K, Ziv M, Gross JJ (2012). A randomized trial of MBSR versus aerobic exercise for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 715-731. [link]
  10. England EL, Herbert JD, Forman EM, Rabin SJ, Juarascio A, Goldstein SP (2012). Acceptance-based exposure therapy for public speaking anxiety. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 1, 66-72. [link]
  11. Kocovski NL, Fleming JE, Hawley LL, Huta V, Antony MM (2013). Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Group Therapy versus traditional Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 889-898. [PDF]
  12. Yuen EK, Herbert JD, Forman EM, Goetter EM, Comer R, Bradley JC (2013). Treatment of social anxiety disorder using online virtual environments in second life. Behavior Therapy, 44, 51-61. [link]
  13. Yuen EK, Herbert JD, Forman EM, Goetter EM, Juarascio AS, Rabin S, Goodwin C, Bouchard S (2013). Acceptance based behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder through videoconferencing. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 389-397. [link]
  14. Dalrymple KL, Morgan TA, Lipschitz JM, Martinez JH, Tepe E, Zimmerman M (2014). An Integrated, Acceptance-Based Behavioral Approach for Depression with Social Anxiety: Preliminary Results. Behavior Modification. 38, 516-548. [link]
  15. Craske MG, Niles AN, Burklund LJ, Wolitzky-Taylor KB, Vilardaga JCP, Arch JJ, Saxbe DE, Lieberman MD (2014). Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Social Phobia: Outcomes and Moderators. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. [link]

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