The present study is the first psychotherapy outcome study comparing social phobia with and without avoidant personality disorder (APD). Eight social phobic subjects with APD and eight phobic subjects without APD received 8 sessions of behaviorally oriented group therapy for their public speaking anxiety. Before and after treatment, severity measures were taken and subjects were asked to give a talk in front of a small audience. Treatment resulted in the same degree of improved social anxiety and fear of public speaking for both groups. These results add to the literature that questions the validity of distinguishing between avoidant personality disorder and social phobia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health