Social anxiety or phobia is a condition in which people become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations, so much so that they are unable to successfully undertake ordinary activites. There is some evidence that genetic factors are involved, and social anxiety is often accompanied by other anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse. The condition is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, can be successfully treated with certain kinds of psychotherapy or medications, and thus it is the focus of much clinical research.
This book weaves together research findings gathered by renowned minds across various disciplines, and chapters deal with both theory and research. Thorough exploration is given as to how to define what constitutes social anxiety, assessment of the condition and its relationship to other psychological disorders, the biological basis, and treatment approaches are all explored in full. Coverage includes key issues not discussed fully by other existing books, including related disorders of adult and childhood, relationship to social competence and assertiveness, relationship to perfectionism, social skills deficit hypothesis, comparison between pharmacological and psychosocial treatments, and potential mediators of change in the treatment of social anxiety disorder.
- The most comprehensive source of up-to-date data, with review articles covering a thorough delineation of social anxiety, theoretical perspectives, and treatment approaches
- Consolidates broadly distributed literature into single source
- Each chapter is written by an expert in the topic area, providing 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 a complete understanding of a complex phenomenon, giving researchers and clinicians alike a better set of tools for furthering what we know
Edited by Stefan G. Hofmann, Professor of Psychology Director, Social Anxiety Program Boston University, Boston MA, USA and Patricia M. DiBartolo, Associate Professor of Psychology, Smith College, Northampton MA, USA