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ERIC Number: EJ928982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Parenting and Social Anxiety: Fathers' versus Mothers' Influence on Their Children's Anxiety in Ambiguous Social Situations
Bogels, Susan; Stevens, Juliette; Majdandzic, Mirjana
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v52 n5 p599-606 May 2011
Background: The role of parenting in child social anxiety was examined in an information processing experiment. We tested the relative weight that children in general, and high versus low socially anxious children in particular, put on fathers' versus mothers' signal about whether a social situation is safe or a threat. Method: Children aged 8-12 (n = 144) varying in social anxiety were presented scripts of ambiguous social situations in which either the father or the mother acted anxious or confident. Children indicated how anxious or confident they would be. Results: Fathers' behaviour influenced high socially anxious children's confidence or anxiety more than mothers' behaviour. In contrast, in normal and low socially anxious children, mothers' behaviour was more influential than fathers'. Conclusions: Mothers might have the role of teaching social wariness to their low socially anxious children, whereas fathers may teach social confidence to socially anxious children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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