This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health, R42 MH 60506-02, awarded to the final author.
The Relation Between Mindfulness and Fear of Negative Evaluation Over the Course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder
Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 222–228, March 2013
How to Cite
Burton, M., Schmertz, S. K., Price, M., Masuda, A. and Anderson, P. L. (2013), The Relation Between Mindfulness and Fear of Negative Evaluation Over the Course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 222–228. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21929
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
- National Institutes of Mental Health. Grant Number: R42 MH 60506-02
- social phobia;
- cognitive behavior therapy;
- exposure public speaking
This study examined the relation between mindfulness and fear of negative evaluation over the course of nonmindfulness based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety disorder (SAD). We expected that higher levels of mindfulness would be associated with a more positive response to treatment.
This study is a secondary report from a randomized controlled trial in which participants (N = 65) diagnosed with SAD were randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of 1 of 2 manualized treatments (exposure group therapy, n = 33; or virtual reality exposure therapy, n = 32) either immediately or following an 8 week waiting period.
Fear of negative evaluation decreased following treatment and was negatively related to mindfulness throughout treatment and follow-up. Mindfulness did not moderate treatment outcome.
These findings indicate that while mindfulness is related to fear, it is not a moderator of symptom reduction in nonmindfulness-based treatment. Implications for treatment and future research are discussed.