The effectiveness of a behavioral cognitive counseling program in reducing symptoms of social anxiety and improving self-esteem among a sample of adolescent female students in Karak Governorate

Tahani Al-Shobaki

Abstract


This study aims to identify the effectiveness of a behavioral cognitive counseling program in reducing symptoms of social anxiety and improving self-esteem among a sample of adolescent female students in Karak Governorate. The study sample consisted of (42) high school students who obtained high scores on the social anxiety scale, To achieve the goals of the study, the researcher used the social anxiety scale as a measure of self-esteem and a counseling program. The study sample members were randomly distributed into two groups: an experimental group and its number (20) students, who received the counseling program and another control and the number of its members (22) students, did not receive any program. The performance of the experimental and control group members was measured on the social anxiety scale and the self-esteem scale before and after the counseling program. The results of the study showed that there were statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups in social anxiety and self-esteem in favor of the experimental group, and the study recommends the adoption of cognitive-behavioral therapy as an effective treatment to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and to improve self-esteem.

Keywords


Behavioral cognitive group counseling program; social anxiety; self-esteem; teenage female students; Karak.

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