Social Anxiety article

Social Anxiety article

– research shows early interactions between a caregiver & infant, as well as early childhood shyness, can be predictive of an anxiety disorder, particularly in teenage boys
– known as “insecure attachment” & “behavioural inhibition”
– assessment procedure – the “strange situation”, where:
– caregiver leaves
– infant left in room
– may continue doing what they are doing
– may explore
– may become anxious
– caregiver returns
– secure infant is calmed
– insecure infant ignores caregiver, becomes angry &/or fails to be calmed upon the caregiver’s return
– underlines role of biology & environment
– treatment: teacher caregivers to provide sensitive/responsive care


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