Interpretations and judgments regarding positive and negative social scenarios in childhood social anxiety

Vassilopoulos, Stephanos P and Banerjee, Robin (2008) Interpretations and judgments regarding positive and negative social scenarios in childhood social anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46 (7). pp. 870-876. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

The present study extended our understanding of cognitive biases in childhood social anxiety. A non-clinical sample of 11¿13-year olds completed social anxiety and depression scales and were presented with scenarios depicting positive and mildly negative social events. Social anxiety was associated with tendencies to interpret positive social events in a discounting fashion, to catastrophize in response to mildly negative social events, and to anticipate more negative emotional reactions to the negative events. Implications for understanding and treating social anxiety are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Robin Banerjee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:45
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 10:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14204
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