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Social phobia is a common and disabling condition for both children and adults. In recent year-Clark and Wells' (1995) cognitive model of social phobia has given rise to an effective treatment protocol for the condition in adults (e.g. Clark et al. 2003, 2006). The Current study investigates the applicability of this model to Younger people. One hundred and seventy-one 11-14 year-old participants completed questionnaires measuring social anxiety, depression, and the variables hypothesized to maintain social phobia in Clark and Wells' (1995) cognitive model: negative social cognitions. safety behaviours, self-focused attention, and pre- and post-event processing. High socially anxious children scored significantly higher than low socially anxious children on all of the variables in Clark and Wells' model. Negative social cognitions. self-focused attention, safety behaviours. and pre- and post-event processing were all significant predictors of social anxiety, accounting for 48% of the variance in social anxiety. Further-more, these variables showed specificity to social anxiety, predicting significantly more variance in social anxiety than in depression. Findings suggest that although Clark and Wells' (1995) model of social phobia was developed from research

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S1352465808004487

Type

Journal article

Journal

BEHAV COGN PSYCHOTH

Publisher

CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS

Publication Date

07/2008

Volume

36

Pages

449 - 461

Addresses

Hodson, KJ, Sue Nicholls Ctr, Dept Clin Psychol, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1EG, England

Keywords

Social phobia, children, cognitive-behavioural intervention, SELF-RATING SCALE, ANXIETY DISORDER, CLINICAL-EVALUATION, CONTROLLED-TRIAL, CHILDHOOD, CHILDREN, SKILLS, ADOLESCENTS, THERAPY, INTERVENTION