Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Tracy L. Morris.
The present study examined the association between specific aspects of social anxiety and sociometric status. Participants included 268 children in grades 4, 5, and 6. The children completed the Social Anxiety Scale for Children-Revised (SASC-R) and the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C). A sociometric nomination procedure was used to categorize participants into sociometric status groups (i.e., neglected, rejected, controversial, popular, and average). Results replicated and extended previous literature. Neglected children scored the highest on both measures of social anxiety, followed by rejected children. This was one of the first investigations to associate socometric status with SPAI-C factor scores, with neglected children scoring the highest on Cognitive and Physiological Symptoms, Avoidance, and Public Performance factors. Based on these findings, implications for social anxiety prevention and intervention are discussed.
Friedman, Abby H., "Specific aspects of social anxiety related to children's peer sociometric status" (2004). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2034.