Can Clark and Wells' (1995) Cognitive Model of Social Phobia be Applied to Young People?

Kate J. Hodson, Freda V. McManus, David M. Clark, Helen Doll

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Social phobia is a common and disabling condition for both children and adults. In recent year-Clark and Wells' (1995) cognitive model of social phobia has given rise to an effective treatment protocol for the condition in adults (e.g. Clark et al. 2003, 2006). The Current study investigates the applicability of this model to Younger people. One hundred and seventy-one 11-14 year-old participants completed questionnaires measuring social anxiety, depression, and the variables hypothesized to maintain social phobia in Clark and Wells' (1995) cognitive model: negative social cognitions. safety behaviours, self-focused attention, and pre- and post-event processing. High socially anxious children scored significantly higher than low socially anxious children on all of the variables in Clark and Wells' model. Negative social cognitions. self-focused attention, safety behaviours. and pre- and post-event processing were all significant predictors of social anxiety, accounting for 48% of the variance in social anxiety. Further-more, these variables showed specificity to social anxiety, predicting significantly more variance in social anxiety than in depression. Findings suggest that although Clark and Wells' (1995) model of social phobia was developed from research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449 - 461
Number of pages13
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


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