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ERIC Number: EJ849874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0828-3893
Social Anxiety and Close Relationships: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study
Nielsen, Kate E. J.; Cairns, Sharon L.
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v43 n3 p178-197 Jul 2009
While only a few quantitative studies have looked at social anxiety and close relationships, this study uses the qualitative approach of hermeneutic phenomenology to explore the meaning of being in a close relationship for eight individuals with social anxiety. Participants completed a written questionnaire with open-ended questions about their experiences in their closest relationship. The themes suggest that these individuals are capable of forming close relationships, but they tend to adopt an insecure attachment style in their relationships. The themes are discussed in light of cognitive behavioural and interpersonal theory and therapy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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