Developmental pathways of social avoidance across adolescence: the role of social anxiety and negative cognition.

@article{Miers2014DevelopmentalPO,
  title={Developmental pathways of social avoidance across adolescence: the role of social anxiety and negative cognition.},
  author={Anne C Miers and Anke W. Bl{\"o}te and David A. Heyne and P. Michiel Westenberg},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  year={2014},
  volume={28 8},
  pages={
          787-94
        }
}
It is argued that the adolescent onset of social anxiety disorder (SAD) may be partly attributable to an increase in avoidance of social situations across this period. The current cohort-sequential study investigated developmental pathways of social avoidance in adolescence and examined the explanatory role of social anxiety and negative cognitive processes. A community sample of youth (9-21 years, N=331) participated in a four-wave study. Trajectory analyses revealed two pathways: an increased… CONTINUE READING
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