TITLE

Cognitive Bias in Adolescents with Social Anxiety Disorder

AUTHOR(S)
Rheingold, Alyssa A.; Herbert, James D.; Franklin, Martin E.
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Cognitive Therapy & Research;Dec2003, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p639
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Judgmental biases for threat-relevant stimuli are thought to be important mechanisms underlying the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders. Previous research has shown that adults with social anxiety disorder rate negative social events as more likely (probability) to occur as well as more distressing (cost) than do nonanxious controls. However, no empirical research has examined whether this is also the case in adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Elucidation of the cognitive processes of social anxiety disorder in the adolescent population may aid in a better understanding of the etiology and maintenance of the disorder, and may suggest directions for treatment and prevention efforts. This study investigated probability and cost estimations of negative social and nonsocial events among adolescents with social anxiety disorder relative to nonanxious controls. Results indicated that socially anxious adolescents overestimated the cost and probability of negative social events compared to nonanxious adolescents, even after controlling for depressive symptoms. Implications and limitations of these findings are discussed.
ACCESSION #
11092775

 

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