ERIC Number: EJ873622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Peer Experiences of Anxious and Socially Withdrawn Youth: An Integrative Review of the Developmental and Clinical Literature
Kingery, Julie Newman; Erdley, Cynthia A.; Marshall, Katherine C.; Whitaker, Kyle G.; Reuter, Tyson R.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, v13 n1 p91-128 Mar 2010
Prior research indicates that both anxious youth and socially withdrawn youth tend to experience challenges and difficulties in various aspects of their peer relationships and social functioning. While clinical psychology researchers have examined how anxiety relates to peer experiences using normative and clinically anxious samples, developmental psychologists have focused primarily on the peer experiences of shy and withdrawn children. Research from these two fields has progressed on related yet separate paths, producing similar results despite using different terminology and assessment techniques. The purpose of this review is to bring together the developmental and clinical bodies of literature on the peer experiences of anxious and socially withdrawn youth by identifying common themes and unique contributions of each discipline. Studies reviewed focus specifically on the peer constructs of acceptance, friendship, peer victimization, social skills, and social-cognitive processes. Limitations including methodological inconsistencies and insufficient examination of age-, gender-, and ethnicity-related issues are identified. Recommendations for future collaborations between developmental and clinical researchers as well as implications for interventions targeting the peer relations of anxious and withdrawn youth are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychologists, Peer Relationship, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Withdrawal (Psychology), Researchers, Anxiety, Shyness, Evaluation Methods, Peer Acceptance, Bullying, Interpersonal Competence, Ethnicity, Gender Differences, Cooperation, Futures (of Society), Intervention, Friendship, Youth
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