Social anxiety and social judgment

The July 2008 issue of Behaviour Research and Therapy will include a study examining how 11 to 13 year-olds with social anxiety symptoms interpret positive and negative social situations.

Youth who scored higher on a questionnaire measuring social anxiety symptoms were more likely than low-scorers to view a positive social scenario as lacking credibility or being unrealistic. High-scorers also tended to “catastrophize” or to view mildly negative scenarios as being extremely negative. They expected more negative emotional reactions to the mildly negative events.

You can’t read more yet, since the issue isn’t yet available, but eventually you’ll find it here.

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