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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2010 Aug;13(4):407-21. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0224.

An Internet-based self-help treatment for fear of public speaking: a controlled trial.

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Dpt. Psicologia Basica, Clinica y Psicobiologia, Universitat Jaume I, Avda Vicent Sos Baynat s/n, Castellon,Spain.


This study offers data about the efficacy of "Talk to Me," an Internet-based telepsychology program for the treatment of fear of public speaking that includes the most active components in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for social phobia (exposure and cognitive therapies). One hundred twenty-seven participants with social phobia were randomly assigned to three experimental conditions: (a) an Internet-based self-administered program; (b) the same program applied by a therapist; (c) a waiting-list control group. Results showed that both treatment conditions were equally efficacious. In addition, Talk to Me and the same treatment applied by a therapist were more efficacious than the waiting-list condition. Treatment gains were maintained at 1-year follow-up. The results from this study support the utility of Internet-delivered CBT programs in order to reach a higher number of people who could benefit from CBT. Internet-delivered CBT programs could also play a valuable role in the dissemination of CBT.

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