Social Anxiety

2nd Edition

Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives

Editors: Stefan Hofmann Patricia DiBartolo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123750969
eBook ISBN: 9780123785527
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th August 2010
Page Count: 632
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Social Anxiety Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives, Second Edition, provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding social anxiety disorder (SAD) by bringing together research across several disciplines, including social psychology, developmental psychology, behavior genetics, and clinical psychology.
The book explains the different aspects of social anxiety and social phobia in adults and children, including the evolution of terminology and constructs, assessment procedures, relationship to personality disorders, and psychopathology. It considers most prominent theoretical perspectives on social anxiety and SAD discussed by social psychologists, developmental psychologists, behavior geneticists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists. These theoretical perspectives emphasize different factors that can contribute to the etiology and/or maintenance of social anxiety/SAD. Treatment approaches are also discussed, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure intervention, social skills training. The contents of this volume represent some of the best views and thoughts in the field. It is hoped that the breadth of perspectives offered will help foster continued interdisciplinary dialogue and efforts toward cross-fertilization to advance the understanding, conceptualization, and treatment of chronic and debilitating social anxiety.

Key Features

  • The most comprehensive source of up-to-date data, with review articles covering a thorough deliniation of social anxiety, theoretical perspectives, and treatment approaches
    Consolidates broadly distributed literature into single source, saving researchers and clinicians time in obtaining and translating information and improving the level of further research and care they can provide
     Each chapter is written by an expert in the topic area
    Provides more fully vetted expert knowledge than any existing work
    Integrates findings from various disciplines - clinical, social and developmental psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, - rather than focusing on only one conceptual perspective
    Provides the reader with more complete understanding of a complex phenomena, giving researchers and clinicians alike a better set of tool for furthering what we know
    Offers coverage of essential topics on which competing books fail to focus, such as: related disorders of adult and childhood; the relationship to social competence, assertiveness and perfectionism; social skills deficit hypothesis; comparison between pharmacological and psychosocial treatments; and potential mediators of change in the treatment of social anxiety disorder population


Researchers investigating anxiety disorders in general and social anxiety in particular; mental health clinicians specializing in treatment of anxiety disordres; graduate and advanced undergraduate students focused on anxiety disorders

Table of Contents

Contributors Introduction: Toward an Understanding of Social Anxiety Disorder Delineation of Social Anxiety Theoretical Perspectives Treatment Approaches Conclusion References Part I Delineation of Social Anxiety

1. Evolution of Terminology and Constructs in Social Anxiety and Its Disorders Introduction Overlapping and Contrasting Emotional States Definitions Diagnostic Nosology Classifications Relation of Performance Deficits and Social Anxiety Subtypes of SAD Cultural and Developmental Considerations Coverage Across Disciplines and Subdisciplines Summary and Conclusions Acknowledgments References 2. Assessment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia The Clinical Interview Interviewer -Rated Scales Self -Report Measures General Measures of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia Measures of Theoretically Derived Components of Social Anxiety Self -Report Measures for Children and Adolescents Role -Playing Procedures Thought -Listing and Thought-Endorsement Procedures Psychophysiological Assessment Summary References 3. Shyness, Social Anxiety, and Social Anxiety Disorder Introduction Definitions Prevalence Cultural Influences Comorbidity in a Shyness Treatment Sample Development of Chronic Shyness Individual Differences in Shy and Socially Phobic Individuals Characteristics of Shy and Socially Phobic Individuals Treatment Social Fitness Model References 4. Are Embarrassment and Social Anxiety Disorder Merely Distant Cousins, or Are They Closer Kin? The Nature of Embarrassment Embarrassment and Social Anxiety Disorder Conclusions


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About the Editor

Stefan Hofmann

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is an international expert on psychotherapy for emotional disorders. He is professor of Psychology at Boston University, where he is the Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory. Stefan was born and raised in Germany. He studied psychology at the University of Marburg, Germany, where he received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. He came to the US in 1991 and has been calling Boston his home since 1996. Prior to that, he was at SUNY Albany and before that at Stanford University. He has been President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT; 2012-2013) and is presently president of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is presently editor-in-chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research and Associate Editor of Clinical Psychological Science and was formerly associate editor of many other journals, including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is the recipient of ABCT’s Outstanding Service Award, the Aaron T. Beck Award for Excellence in Contributions to CBT by Assumption College and the Aaron T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contributions to the Field of Cognitive Therapy by Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He was an advisor to the DSM-5 Development Process and was a member of the DSM-5 Anxiety Disorder Sub-Work Group, Stefan has published widely as an author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books, including An Introduction of Modern CBT (Wiley-Blackwell) and Emotion in Therapy: From Science to Practice (by Guilford Press). He is also the co-author (together with David Barlow and Mark Durand) of one of the best-selling Abnormal Psychology text books in the world, Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach (8th Edition). His research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotion regulation, and cultural expressions of psychopathology. Stefan has been awarded generou

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, Director, Social Anxiety Program, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Patricia DiBartolo

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Psychology, Smith College, Northampton MA, USA