Quality of life outcomes following transdiagnostic group cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety

Alexander M Talkovsky, Daniel J Paulus, Fanny Kuang, Peter J. Norton

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Individuals with anxiety disorders experience decrements in quality of life (QoL), though it is seldom assessed as an outcome in treatment studies. This study examined QoL as an outcome following transdiagnostic group cognitive-behavioral therapy (TGCBT) for anxiety. Treatment-seeking adults (N = 129; Mage = 33.1; 47.4% female) with social phobia, panic disorder, and/or generalized anxiety disorder rated their QoL by self-report before and after participating in TGCBT. Using general linear modeling, QoL was found to be similar across diagnostic groups both prior to and following treatment, with the exception that individuals diagnosed with social phobia scored significantly lower than the others in social functioning- related QoL following treatment. Otherwise, these groups improved similarly in overall QoL and achievement-, social functioning-, and personal growth-related QoL following 12 weeks of TGCBT. Thus, QoL significantly improves following transdiagnostic group treatment and represents a valuable outcome measure that can contribute to clinical assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-114
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Cognitive Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment outcome

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