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ERIC Number: EJ984155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Social Anxiety and Adolescents' Friendships: The Role of Social Withdrawal
Biggs, Bridget K.; Vernberg, Eric M.; Wu, Yelena P.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v32 n6 p802-823 Dec 2012
Research indicates social anxiety is associated with lower friendship quality, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. This 2-month longitudinal study examined social withdrawal as a mediator of the social anxiety-friendship quality link in a sample of 214 adolescents (M[subscript age] = 13.1 years, SD = 0.73) that included an oversampling of adolescents recently relocated to the community (n = 155). Findings provided preliminary support for the hypothesized models, in which social anxiety is associated with social withdrawal, which in turn is related to lower companionship and intimacy in adolescents' friendships. Analyses testing whether relocation to a new community intensifies these associations indicated additive, but not multiplicative, effects of social anxiety and relocation on friendship companionship and intimacy. Implications include the importance of increasing socially anxious youths' social engagement and skills with friends as well as with less familiar peers. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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