THE ROLE OF THE NARRATIVE THERAPY ON COGNITIVE AVOIDANCE AND META-COGNITIVE BELIEFS OF FEMALE ADOLESCENTS
Anxiety problems are common disorders in children that reported as a risk factor for depression and substance abuse in later ages. Children with anxiety disorders in adolescence need to be treated by psychological methods. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of the narrative therapy on the cognitive avoidance and meta-cognitive beliefs among the female adolescent students in Kazerun, Iran. Research method was quasi experimental with pre-test and post-test with experimental and control groups. The present research was performed on 36 adolescent, who were referred to psychological centres and were selected by cluster sampling method. The research tools included cognitive avoidance questionnaire and meta-cognitive beliefs questionnaire. The narrative therapy program was performed for the experimental group in eight sessions. The results showed a significant difference between treated and untreated groups for the cognitive avoidance (F=7.1, P=0.04), but this difference for meta-cognitive beliefs variable was insignificant (F=0.58, P=0.45). According to this finding, we conclude that narrative therapy could be an appropriate method for reducing treatment of social anxiety according to cognitive avoidance.