SOPHIE - Online-Intervention for social anxiety in adolescence

Abbildung der Figuren Sophie und Leon der SOPHIE Studie

Randomized-controlled efficacy trial of an online-intervention for prevention and treatment of social anxiety in adolescents

What's this study about?

Every 15th adolescent in Europe suffers from social anxiety. At the University of Bern, we developed the online-program SOPHIE for prevention and treatment of social anxiety in adolescents. In this study, we aim to investigate the efficacy of the online-program and its mechanisms of change. We intend to recruit about 220 adolescents between 2021 and 2023.

What does participation involve?

For the participants, the study lasts five months and includes two telephone interviews, online questionnaires and smartphone surveys. By participating, the adolescent gains access to the online-program.To investigate the efficacy, the participants are randomly divided into two groups. One group gets access to the online-program directly, the other group after five months.

Who can participate?

Adolescents (11-17 years) living in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein who suffer from social anxiety can participate. People suffering from social anxiety experience an uncomfortable or anxious feeling in groups of people or in situations where one is being evaluated.

Why should one participate?

The participants have no direct benefit from taking part in the study, but they are given access to the online-program. SOPHIE can help them to improve their understanding of social anxiety, to deal with these feelings and to feel more comfortable in social situations. Participation also contributes to improve the online-program and to provide better support for young people with social anxiety in the future.