Experimental modification of interpretation bias in socially anxious children: Changes in interpretation, anticipated interpersonal anxiety, and social anxiety symptoms

Vassilopoulos, Stephanos P, Banerjee, Robin and Prantzalou, Chara (2009) Experimental modification of interpretation bias in socially anxious children: Changes in interpretation, anticipated interpersonal anxiety, and social anxiety symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47 (12). pp. 1085-1089. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

We report on an experimental manipulation of interpretation bias in socially anxious youths. A non-clinical sample of 10¿11-year-olds selected for high social anxiety was trained over three sessions to endorse benign rather than negative interpretations of potentially threatening social scenarios. This group was subsequently less likely to endorse negative interpretations of new ambiguous social situations than children in a test¿retest condition. Children who received interpretation training also showed reduced trait social anxiety and reported significantly less anxiety about an anticipated interpersonal encounter, compared with the control group.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Robin Banerjee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:46
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 14:18
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14340
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