What is the Relationship Between Changes in Social Support, Social Strain, Health Behaviors, and Symptoms During Therapy?

Study Aims:

1.  Test hypotheses about the relationships between social support, health behaviors, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
2.  Assess whether increase in social support is associated with increase in healthy behaviors and decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
3.  Assess whether decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression is associated with increases in healthy behaviors and social support.

Study Description:

Patients who have expressed interest in participating in this study have generously provided us with data on their perceived social support, perceived social strain, health behaviors (e.g., diet, smoking, etc.), and symptoms of anxiety and depression at multiple time points over the course of their treatment. We hope to use the data to learn about the temporal order of improvement in symptoms, health behaviors, and perceptions of social relationships. We are also interested in learning whether perceived social support and perceived social strain at the start of treatment might predict the pattern of symptom change over the course of treatment. The findings could help us to understand how social and health behavior factors impact symptom change (and vice versa) in the context of CBT, which could help us to further improve our interventions.

Investigators at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center:
Polina Eidelman, Jackie Persons

Research Collaborators:
Lisa Talbot, San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco

Study Status:
We have completed data collection for this study and are currently analyzing the data.