Pre-treatment social anxiety severity moderates the impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction and aerobic exercise

Hooria Jazaieri, Ihno A. Lee, Philip R Goldin, James J. Gross

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Abstract

We examined whether social anxiety severity at pre-treatment would moderate the impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or aerobic exercise (AE) for generalized social anxiety disorder. MBSR and AE produced equivalent reductions in weekly social anxiety symptoms. Improvements were moderated by pre-treatment social anxiety severity. Practitioner points Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and aerobic exercise (AE) are effective in reducing symptoms of social anxiety. Pre-treatment social anxiety severity can be used to inform treatment recommendations. Both MBSR and AE produced equivalent reductions in weekly levels of social anxiety symptoms. MBSR appears to be most effective for patients with lower pre-treatment social anxiety symptom severity. AE appears to be most effective for patients with higher pre-treatment social anxiety symptom severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-234
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • aerobic exercise
  • mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • moderators
  • social anxiety
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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