ERIC Number: EJ1081733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Identification of Social Anxiety in Schools: The Utility of a Two-Step Screening Process
Sweeney, Corinne; Masia Warner, Carrie; Brice, Chad; Stewart, Catherine; Ryan, Julie; Loeb, Katharine L.; McGrath, Robert E.
Contemporary School Psychology, v19 n4 p268-275 Dec 2015
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is highly prevalent yet largely undetected and untreated in adolescents despite the availability of effective treatments. Implementing interventions in schools enhances recognition and access to treatment for SAD. However, without reliable means to accurately identify youth in need of services, school-based interventions are not feasible. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the utility of a two-step, school-based screening approach to identify youth with SAD. Students at three public high schools were screened with self-report questionnaires or nominated by school personnel. Subsequently, a brief telephone assessment of student symptoms was completed with students' parents. Results showed that using both questionnaires and telephone assessments yielded acceptable detection rates, while school staff nominations were not beneficial. This study provides support for the use of a two-step screening procedure consisting of student self-reports followed by brief parent telephone interviews to identify youth with clinically impairing social anxiety. Implications for enhancing school-based detection of and intervention for socially anxious adolescents are discussed.
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Screening Tests, Public Schools, High School Students, Questionnaires, Identification, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Telephone Surveys, Interviews, Clinical Diagnosis, Program Evaluation, Adolescents, Evaluation Methods, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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