Social anxiety in children with anxiety disorders: Relation with social and emotional functioning

Golda S. Ginsburg, Annette M. La Greca, Wendy K. Silverman

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Investigated the psychometric properties of the Social Anxiety Scale for children-Revised (SASC-R) as well as relations between social anxiety and children's social and emotional functioning. Participants were a clinic sample of children, ages 6-11 with anxiety disorders (N = 154) who completed the SASC-R. For a subset of these children, parent ratings of social skills, and self-ratings of perceived competence and peer interactions were also obtained. Factor analysis of the SASC-R supported the original three-factor solution and internal consistencies were in the acceptable range. Among children with simple phobia, scores on the SASC-R differentiated those with and without a comorbid social-based anxiety disorder. Social anxiety was also associated with impairments in social and emotional functioning. Specifically, highly socially anxious children reported low levels of social acceptance and global self-esteem and more negative peer interactions. Girls with high levels of social anxiety were also rated by parents as having poor social skills, particularly in the areas of assertive and responsible social behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety disorders
  • Children
  • Peers
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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