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Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth


The youngster who won???t talk to anyone. The child who avoids social and extracurricular activities. The teenager who has trouble performing before others.

Many children experience social anxiety in certain settings. Some, however, perhaps as many as 4%, experience a clinical condition of severe social and evaluative anxiety that profoundly affects many life situations. Christopher A. Kearney??'s Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth sorts out the many nuances of thought and behavior associated with this condition. In doing so, the author gives practitioners and researchers a thorough, up-to-date understanding of childhood social anxiety and social phobia with respect to their characteristics, assessment, and treatment.

- Introductory chapter covers related concepts such as shyness, introversion, and social withdrawal.

- Accessible coverage of epidemiology, biological, and environmental risk factors.

- Provides integrated etiological models and a proposed developmental pathway.

- Clarifies differences of normal childhood and adolescent concerns and their more pathological counterparts.

- Applied examples feature typical as well as unusual cases.

- Later chapters cover empirically-based assessment and treatment recommendations.

- Strategies for relapse prevention are provided.

Clinical and counseling psychologists, school and educational psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pediatricians will appreciate Kearney??'s clarity, organization, and depth of coverage. Forprincipals, teachers, guidance counselors, and other school-based professionals, Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth helps answer their question, "Why won???t this child participate?"

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Definition and History of Social Phobia and Related Concepts in Youth Chapter 2: Major Characteristics of Youths with Social Anxiety and Social Phobia Chapter 3: The Etiology of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youths Chapter 4: Research-Based Assessment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youths Chapter 5: Clinical Assessment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youths Chapter 6: The Treatment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youths Chapter 7: Treating Youths with Social Anxiety and Social Phobia: Laying the Groundwork Chapter 8: Treating Youths with Social Anxiety and Social Phobia: Developing Advanced Skills Chapter 9: Treating Youths with Social Anxiety and Social Phobia: Exposure-Based Practices Chapter 10: Prevention, Difficult Cases, and Future Directions References

About the Author

Christopher A. Kearney received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990 from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to accepting an academic position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney is currently a Professor of Psychology at UNLV and Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He has received several university awards for teaching and research and has published several books and dozens of journal articles regarding youths with anxiety disorders and school refusal behavior. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and Journal of Gambling Studies.

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