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Social anxiety as a basis for friendship selection and socialization in asolescents' social networks
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CDR, YES)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3504-9037
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CDR, YES)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0185-8805
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CDR, YES)
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CDR, YES)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2011 (English)In: Journal of personality, ISSN 0022-3506, E-ISSN 1467-6494, Vol. 79, no 3, p. 499-526Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Socially anxious children and adolescents have previously been found to have friends with similarly socially anxious, withdrawn behavioral characteristics. How peers might socialize social anxiety over time has, however, not been thoroughly investigated before. We examined this in a sample of 834 youths (339 girls, and 495 boys; M=14.29), followed for three years. We used the social network analysis software, SIENA, to analyze the data. The results showed that youths who were socially anxious were less popular and chose fewer friends in the network. They also tended to choose friends who were socially anxious, and over time they influenced each other into becoming more socially anxious – over and above other effects. Finally, girls' social anxiety was more influenced than boys' by their friends' social anxiety levels. The results showed the significance of looking at socially anxious youths' friendships over time, and embedded in social networks.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Vol. 79, no 3, p. 499-526
Keywords [en]
social anxiety; friendship; socialization; adolescents; social networks
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-13736DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00682.xISI: 000290178100002PubMedID: 21534962Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79955499713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-13736DiVA, id: diva2:386825
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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van Zalk, Nejravan Zalk [Zalk-Selfhout], MaartenKerr, MargaretStattin, Håkan

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