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Behavioral Engagement

Problem: Low behavioral engagement in exposures (engagement in anxiety provoking situations and behaviors), despite evidence that exposures reduce long-term social anxiety 


Purpose & Method: Survey study examining self-efficacy, personal value, and social acceptability as mechanisms leading to behavioral engagement in social situations despite high social anxiety. 

Outcome: Self-efficacy and personal value were the strongest correlates of behavioral engagement. Provides evidence that increasing self-efficacy and/or personal value of engaging in an anxiety-provoking behavior increases engagement in that behavior.


Purpose & Method: Randomized controlled experiment examining the impact of increasing the personal value of engaging in a social anxiety-provoking behavior (recording a speech for a blog).

Outcome: Individuals in the personal value condition had higher rates of behavioral engagement. Having individuals reflect on why engaging in an anxiety-provoking behavior is personally important to them increases the likelihood of them engaging in that behavior

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