The role of depressive versus anxiety-related cognitive factors in social anxiety

G. Ron Norton, Kristin Buhr, Brian J. Cox, Peter J. Norton, John R. Walker

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University students (n=154) were administered questionnaires assessing symptoms and cognitive/personality variables related to depression, anxiety and perfectionism. These measures were used to predict scores on the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS), a measure of generalized social anxiety, and the Social Phobia Scale (SPS), a measure of performance anxiety [Mattick, R. P., & Clarke, J. C. (1998) Development and validation of measures of social phobia scrutiny and social interaction anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 36, 455-470.]. Hierarchical regression analyses suggest that fear of anxiety symptoms and some cognitive/personality variables previously linked to depression are salient predictors of social anxiety. The cognitive/personality factors were significant predictors of generalized and non-generalized social anxiety even after variance due to depressive and anxious symptoms were statistically controlled. Implications for understanding and treating social anxiety are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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