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Imagery rescripting of early memories in social anxiety disorder: An experimental study

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 387-392
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Volym: 50
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier


Abstract in Undetermined

NTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests that negative self imagery plays an important role in social anxiety disorder (SAD) as a maintaining factor, and that early memories of traumatic experiences are linked to recurrent catastrophic images. Previous research has showed that cognitive restructuring combined with imagery rescripting of these memories may affect recurrent images resulting in less imagery distress and less anxiety in social situations. The present study replicated these effects using (a) a modified treatment with imagery rescripting without cognitive restructuring, and (b) an experimental between-groups design. METHOD: Patients with SAD (N = 14) were randomised either to imagery rescripting of early memories, or to a reading task. RESULTS: Follow-up after 1 week showed that the intervention led to significant improvements in memory and image distress, and reduced fears of negative evaluation and social interaction. DISCUSSION: The results indicate that imagery rescripting is effective even without cognitive restructuring and question the importance of the latter. However, the small sample limits the strength of the conclusions. CONCLUSION: Imagery rescripting of early distressful memories may be a powerful intervention in the treatment of SAD.


  • Psychology


  • ISSN: 1873-622X

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