Document Type : Original Article
PhD student, Department of Psychology, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sanandaj, Iran
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sanandaj, Iran
Introduction: Social anxiety disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Recent research has shown that difficulty in emotion regulation is the underlying mechanism of anxiety and mood disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of transdiagnostic treatment on the social anxiety of students.
Method: The study design was a randomized controlled trial. A sample of 24 participants was selected with inclusion/exclusion criteria by the available sampling method and randomly divided into experimental and control groups. The study instruments were the Cognitive Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ), Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DRES), and Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN). After data collection, statistical a repeated-measures analysis was performed by SPSS-24 software.
Results: The study results showed that the transdiagnostic treatment can improve emotion-based symptoms in people with social anxiety. Transdiagnostic treatment could explain 59.8% of the variance of post-test changes compared to the pre-test. Therefore, the use of this unified protocol improved emotional adequacy and emotion regulation in students with social anxiety at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences (p> 0.05).
Conclusion: It could be concluded that transdiagnostic treatment reduces social anxiety, improves adequacy, and regulates emotion in students and can be considered a helpful method for students with social anxiety and emotional problems.