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Acceptability of a brief computerized intervention targeting anxiety sensitivity

Despite the well-documented efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, the acceptability of these treatments remains an under-researched area. A better understanding of acceptability could help to improve the initiation of, and engagement in, these effective interventions. Recent research has suggested computerized interventions of anxiety-related risk factors may be one way to improve acceptability and overcome several common barriers to treatment. Considering this, the current study tested the acceptability of a computerized, anxiety sensitivity (AS)-focused treatment among a sample of treatment-seeking community participants and military veterans (N = 58). Results indicated that the majority of participants rated the intervention as acceptable, and that drop-out rate was low (ie 5%). Moreover, higher acceptability scores were associated with older age, veteran status, lower income levels, African-American race, and being separated/divorced. Findings suggest that a computerized AS-focused treatment may be an acceptable treatment method, and may have advantages in acceptability for hard to reach populations.

Read the full paper: Short, N. A., Fuller, K., Norr, A. M., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Acceptability of a brief computerized intervention targeting anxiety sensitivity. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 46(3), 250-264. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16506073.2016.1232748

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