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Social anxiety and related social impairment are linked to self-efficacy and dysfunctional coping
Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University.
Kristianstad University, School of Teacher Education. (Psykologi)
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 51, no 2, p. 171-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social anxiety and related social impairment are linked to self-efficacy and dysfunctional coping. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. This study investigated relationships between severity of social anxiety as well as related experiences of social impairment and self-efficacy, social control and coping strategies. Social anxiety was regarded as a continuum ranging from mild social discomfort to totally inhibiting anxiety. Participants (N= 113, ages 19-60 years), recruited from a forum for individuals with social phobia and among university students, responded to a self-administered questionnaire. Besides the expected association between a low sense of social control and more severe social anxiety and related social impairment, we found severity of social anxiety and related impairment to be associated with low self-efficacy. This relationship was partly mediated by dysfunctional coping strategies. We suggest that low self-efficacy may increase an individual's tendency to rely on dysfunctional coping strategies for dealing with anxiety experienced in social situations. In turn, using dysfunctional coping strategies appears to exacerbate the experience of impairment from social anxiety.

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2010. Vol. 51, no 2, p. 171-178
Keywords [en]
Social anxiety, continuum, self-efficacy, coping behavior, social impairment
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-5675DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2009.00731.xISI: 000275466500011PubMedID: 19500297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-5675DiVA, id: diva2:286042
Available from: 2010-01-13 Created: 2010-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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