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dc.contributor.authorHearn, Cate S
dc.contributor.authorDonovan, Caroline L
dc.contributor.authorSpence, Susan H
dc.contributor.authorMarch, Sonja
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-09T01:35:31Z
dc.date.available2017-06-09T01:35:31Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn0165-0327
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jad.2016.09.052
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/339406
dc.description.abstractBackground: Comorbidity between Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is extremely common. This study investigated whether factors commonly associated with GAD, including worry, intolerance of uncertainty (IU), positive and negative beliefs about worry (PBW, NBW), negative problem orientation (NPO) and cognitive avoidance (CA) were associated with SAD severity, symptoms and overall functioning. Method: Participants included 126 youth aged 8–17 years (M=11.29, SD=2.67, Males n=50) with a primary diagnosis of SAD. Participants and a parent underwent a diagnostic interview and completed questionnaires at pre- and 12-week post assessment, and 6-month follow-up. Correlations and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted. Results: Each of the cognitive variables, with the exception of PBW, was found to correlate with SAD symptoms, SAD severity and overall functioning. NPO emerged as an important predictor of SAD severity, self-reported ratings of SAD symptoms, and poorer levels of overall functioning. IU and worry also predicted self-rated SAD symptoms. Limitations: Measures were chosen on the basis of their sound psychometrics however some were yet to undergo rigorous testing with youth populations. The study design is cross-sectional, which restricts firm conclusions regarding causal and temporal associations between the variables. Conclusions: Findings from this study have implications for the specificity of GAD and SAD in youth. Further research is required to understand whether these cognitive variables play a maintaining role in youth SAD and the extent to which they might influence treatment.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom33
dc.relation.ispartofpageto40
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Affective Disorders
dc.relation.ispartofvolume208
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology and Cognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode179999
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode11
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode17
dc.titleA worrying trend in Social Anxiety: To what degree are worry and its cognitive factors associated with youth Social Anxiety Disorder?
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Applied Psychology
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorHearn, Cate S.
gro.griffith.authorSpence, Susan H H.
gro.griffith.authorDonovan, Caroline L.
gro.griffith.authorMarch, Sonja


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